Thursday, 12 May 2016
Time to take it easy
The prospect of taking life at a slower pace is a very appealing one, but not the same in practice as in prospect.
For the past (almost) seven years I have been trying to fill my every waking minute with activities.
The alternative seemed to be to sit and examine my navel or stare at the walls and try to discover the meaning of life. So, I sought activity, busyness, occupation to the extent that I now find myself longing for a day off.
This is a "normal" week. Sunday leave the house at 9.00 am for St Mary's, Back home usually about 12.00 noon. Monday Tuesday and Wednesday leave the house at 9.00 back about 1.30pm
Thursday shop or do household chores , Friday am same as Thursday but choir practice from 7 to 8.30 ish (out of the house at 6.30 back at 9.00pm
Saturday unless there are activities at St Mary's or in the Close household chores, paper-work etc.
But, wonder of wonders I now have a cleaner who does 2 hours every Monday, and from the 26th May I will have a gardener for a couple of hours,
The huge relief I feel at finally getting some help is perhaps a reflection of the build-up of stress I have been experiencing as my house became gradually grubbier and my garden turned into a weedy jungle.
Despite my bravado and apparent "I don't care what it looks like" attitude, I have been feeling slowly more and more aware that having someone in for coffee or a chat was beginning to feel embarrassing
as the general scruffiness of my surroundings grew daily worse.
Hopefully in a few weeks I will once again feel happy to have unexpected visitors and who knows may even be proud of the garden again.
First steps taken.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 9:05:00 pm