Friday, 8 July 2016
This week has been a busy one...I've not had the time to write a (proper) blog post as I have been occupied finishing a few projects I've had on the go..... but mainly my week seems like it's been spent on maintaining lots of things.
The paint has been peeling off the deck and so it got a new coat of paint....
The weeds are growing like.... well ...weeds.... and I've been trying to keep on top of them....
The shower sprung a leak upstairs and damaged Heni's bedroom ceiling below and we had the plumber round trying to fix it....
...and I've also been striving to keep on top of exercise and health matters... hoping to maintain the ground I have managed to achieve and not go backwards (given the lack of energy I have had to put in to it).
It seems like this weeks lesson (for me) has been one of "continual upkeep".... so hence a few last minute ramblings about it!
It is a natural occurrence for things to start to decay and go backwards. It doesn't matter what subject you can think of...(homes, bodies, relationships etc).. without continual effort, conservation, nurturing, preservation of whatever we come across ... most things will begin to fall apart.
I don't particularly enjoy maintaining things...It's not that I don't see the value in doing it... I just find it rather monotonous. I hate weeding the path in the garden and then days later see those nasty weed shoots push their heads back up above ground. Its almost pointless? It seems to me that whenever I am maintaining things I feel like I'm not progressing on other projects...I'm on a constant treadmill. Yet whenever I am working on other projects (pushing forwards) everything else gets left for a time... the weeding is neglected, the painting waits, the paperwork piles up in the basket and I notice there ensues a gradual decline in to disorder and a process of falling apart ensues! I guess It's one of those unfortunate parts of life.
It appears that there needs to be a balance between progressing, building, creating AND also maintaining the current ground we have achieved.
Perhaps this being the case... (that it's just a part of life).... I should learn to tolerate it, make it less boring and see if I can ultimately eventually embrace it...learn to love those daily , weekly , monthly rituals and routines that I so dislike. Some people love routine... you may be one of them and I applaud you for it because a good proportion of most peoples time is spent doing routine, upkeep chores (dishes, cooking, tidying,exercising, eating, brushing teeth, showering, mowing the lawn).
You may be one of those lucky people who have cracked this part of life.... and if so, please let me know what your secret is!
There are a few things I have found that can make the monotony more bearable (for jobs like weeding and painting)... working with someone else creates distraction and conversation that can make the task go quicker.... and by listening and learning from podcasts, I feel like I am accomplishing two things at the same time...maybe even progressing?
So as I reach the end of the week I'm trying hard not to get disheartened by the sheer mass of things that still need attention in and around the home. I'm trying to have the "slow and steady wins the race" mentality when it comes to all the fixing and maintaining and realise that there will always be jobs to do. I've serendipitous come across the word "entropy" a number of times this week and I have realised that thing will always move from a state of order to disorder ...when no energy or effort is expended on it (entropy is the measurement of that change). Sometimes with continual effort we can maintain, hold our ground and ward off that change; and at other times its harder and we have to concede our position and go with the flow and cycle of life. After all, the natural order of things is one of birth, life and death..... and there comes a point at which we need to know the difference between what can be painted, weeded, fixed and nurtured and what is perhaps a losing battle and needs to be let go of ....to make way for something else; to maybe put our energies in to something more significant, timely or of greater priority.
Just a thought...
Whats your priority this week?
What have you had to maintain this week? What have you let go of to make way for something else?