— written June 27th, 2021 in SE Michigan —
I am blessed with a mother-in-law whom I can learn from. She has many wise insights, and several cute little phrases that are easy to remember, often with a valuable lesson attached. I cannot speak for her, but to me her phrase “Chaos and Drama” is a reminder of the two most common things that seem to derail us little humans and get us focused on negative things. We seem to be so prone to these distractions that we can almost constantly be monitoring for them in our daily lives, nipping them in the bud whenever they are detected. We do NOT need these false friends! There is MUCH better entertainment out there, sooooo many more healthy things to put our minds on!
CHAOS in my mind, DRAMA in my life (and BOTH, in my work!)
Today my mind is a very good example of the struggle to not let CHAOS take hold, as my mind is RACING with all the things I want to DO today — seemingly all at the same time! And NO, I have not had any coffee, lol. It’s barely past six AM, I have been awake since 4-something… BUT I just yesterday completed a week-long project that I felt I HAD to do, so today I feel FREE to work on all the things I WANT to accomplish! Simply having ENERGY or DRIVE can create a tendency toward Chaos in MY little mind, lol. SINGLE-tasking seems to be the only antidote to chaotic multi-tasking. It seems most beneficial to focus on what is before me in THIS MOMENT. Anything and everything else can be written down as a note, for later consideration.
I am still sleeping in my van after having temporarily moved from Texas up to Michigan, bringing nearly all our belongings with us in a tiny convoy: my Mate in his big diesel pickup pulling our camper, followed closely by myself in my “Fran Van” which is my personal home on wheels. It was QUITE an enjoyable trip, but there were MANY temptations toward Chaos and Drama! Even now, our camper is still mostly stuffed with stuff — more storage than living space. This is natural when your Mate is a Trader, but it does add to the chaos in my brain and in my life, because in order to do ANY of my work, I have to rearrange the STUFF inside my van, turning my bed into my office.
Charging my devices is another dramatic situation of chaos (lol), especially since my largest battery pack — the ONLY one that can run my laptop — pretty much died yesterday. It’s not such a big deal when I can be at my desk and work inside the camper — I just keep my laptop plugged in, and I have a separate sleeping space. But right now, I have to leave each of my devices inside the camper to charge, in an area where there is NO ROOM to work… and then carry them back to my van and crawl back inside my little bed/office space with them.
See? DRAMA is prompting me to write about all the little offenses against myself, the injustices of life, all the mountainous struggles and how I have so bravely overcome them! Hahaha. 😀 Trouble is, my main project for the next few months is to write my “life story” — which involves just those types of things. Storytelling by nature is based on drama. Perhaps here the key is to separate the two monsters… to let DRAMA have her moment, free of chaos? Wow! So much to LEARN!!
My lil prayer doodle gift
— graphite on Yupo looks better in ACTION
— trying to highlight the “Jesus… Help Me” part! 😉