For many creative people, honing in on one solitary project is hard. It is for me. There is a problem with creatives. We have too many ideas before we create something, and I, unfortunately have a tendency to go from project to project. Sometimes we’ll never get done. But I have to. My fellow quilters joke about large fabric stashes and unfinished objects, or UFO’s. Most likely, I’ll never finish everything I want to do.
While writing my children’s book (as Grandma Kathy), I see future possibilities for other stories teaching children to handle difficult situations. There could be a series in my future. See what I mean? I’m wondering if it’s ADD or if I’m just too full of ideas. Time will tell, I suppose.
Dian Greisel writes about a lot of topics in her book, “The Silver Disobedience Playbook.” One I liked was “How to Ruin a Day.” It was quite a complete list for those who want to have a bad day. Demand perfection, Rigidity, Worry about what you can’t control, Overbook, Take everything you hear personally, Forget your sense of humor.
Ms. Greisel advises us to release our perfection goal, practice flexibility, stop worrying about what we can’t control, respect the hours of the day, learn some folks cannot get out of their own ways, they don’t know how to communicate, and smile and laugh. Be a drama queen; make everything a life or death situation; assume every scowl, comment, and action is against you.
If you are confronted by someone who insists on having a bad day, let them! Don’t let them drag you down into the pit. If you happen to live with them, I’m sorry! It is extremely difficult to have these folks around us while we try to be positive and have a good attitude. If you need to interact with them on your job (nursing, doctor, dentist, x-ray tech, or a store clerk, please know, they may not realize how they sound. Many times Mom doesn’t realize how she sounds. It’s sad. They’re angry they are aging rapidly and can’t stop it. They’re afraid or what is to come.
Just don’t let them be abusive to you. Kindly stop them from admonishing you when you need to stop them. Change the subject. We may be there before we know it. Prepare as well as you can; build a positive, happy life and attitude before it’s too late. Make it be part of your personality. Don’t take people on emotional roller coasters. They may not be “ride” people. I’m not. I refuse.
Let’s all go out there and have a positive weekend! Grass is greening up nicely, and the dandelions are back. They grow before everything else, and last longer than the last leaf on a tree. Nature is incredible when you observe it. Our deck is our favorite place in the summer, and the patio beneath it is a close second. I’m off to sort some boxes that need storing until next winter. Make more room for the Babe and his tools in the basement. The least I can do! Thanks for reading, I’ll see you again tomorrow! Be Kind out there.