Some people thrive in busy environments. I have decided that I am one of these. Not chaos mind you, or overwhelming busyness just a steady supply of things to do. Everything seemed to slow down this week and a case of down in the dumps jumped on me like a squirrel after a nut.
Prior to getting hardware removed from my right hand, I was busy editing, trying to get it done before surgery. That kept me busy most of a whole day and when the day was over I felt I had accomplished something.
After surgery I had to behave myself and not do much for a couple of days and even though it was over a weekend, it was hard for me to sit still for very long at a time. However, since the broken wrists my hands require a bit of rest after typing very much and if I have a whole day of typing, they ache. I am praying and hoping this will pass. My right hand already feels much better without the hardware. I can move it more freely but after physical therapy this week, that might change!
Since I could not hold my hand in the right position, handwriting was particularly bothersome and mine went downhill. It had already taken a nosedive when I became a journalist but became much worse after the broken wrists. Not sure if that is going to change or not!
I had also been working on sermons and conference material, trying to get as much done ahead of time as possible. February’s sermon just needs some polishing but the conference talk in March has a long way to go. I chased many rabbits off in different directions. We used to have one pastor who admitted quite frequently and apologized from the pulpit about chasing rabbits. Was never clear on that until I began giving sermons.
Sermons are much different from a motivational talk and it is quite easy to become distracted and head down another path instead of staying on the same subject. Let’s just say I have a healthier respect for pastors these days.
This year is going by fast and by the end of the year I am sure we will think it went by too fast. I already have a full slate for the year pretty much lined up and that doesn’t include having to fit in book signings along the way once we get books in hand.
My oldest daughter and son-in-law are renewing their wedding vows in July after 10 years. In addition to being mom, I will be an officiant.
In April, the countdown to my youngest daughter’s wedding will begin. They are getting married April 16, 2016 and as many know, there is a lot to be done. This week will let the reality sink in as we go for Cally to try on wedding dresses. The thought brings tears to my eyes. Happy tears, though, as I am thrilled with my son-in-law to be as he is the perfect one for her. They have been engaged going on five years I think and so they should know what they are doing. Jeff wanted to finish school before they tied the knot, a noble endeavor, especially in this day and time.
It will mean David and I can finally reclaim our house back. Cally still lives at home and has collected furniture and other things for their marriage and we also have some of Jeff’s stuff at our house. She is actually taking up two bedrooms and a living room with their stuff. Not sure if we will know how to act, but we have plans for enlarging our bedroom and doing other things once all of their stuff is in their own home. Of course that home, is just right outside our house!
Things also pick up for work beginning in March with festivals and plenty of things to cover and keep up with on a weekly basis.
Thinking about all of this, instead of not liking having ample to do, perhaps I need to change my strategy and make myself enjoy the slower pace while it lasts.
We haven’t had much of a winter, but have had several cold days but as we know here in the south, it’s not over until mother nature says it’s over and that sometimes means snow in late February or early March. At a store recently, the checkout lady was saying if it just would snow once, she would be satisfied with this year’s weather. I reminded her about late snows in Georgia and it brought a big smile to her face. I was thinking that would be fine as long as it didn’t last too long. I love looking at the snow but not driving in it and the ice is another story.
David, my husband loves the cold; me, not so much. But, it takes all kinds to make the world go round and if everyone liked the same things, life would be boring. Thank goodness, we are not all exactly the same. The Good Lord knew what He was doing, that’s for sure.
Being content where we’re at and with what’s going on, is something we all have to work at; some harder than others. I’m working on it but those days when I had to sit and watch mindless shows on TV didn’t help any in my efforts. But this is a different week. Wishing you a blessed week of contentment.
VICTORIA SIMMONS is a columnist, motivational speaker/ minister and publisher/gm of The Post/Byron Buzz.