It has been over a month since I last posted on this blog.
That is not because I have been lazy, or that I have had nothing of interest to share, it is simply that I have a full life and priorities are in constant flux.
Take this morning for an instance; I awoke with three tasks on my mind. Three simple little chores that needed attending to. The same three chores I thought of last night when I crawled under the duvet.
I have now, at seven o’clock on an evening accomplished all three of those jobs. They are done and dusted. Finished.
BUT…and this is the point…I have only just completed the last of those three tasks.
You see, life came between the plan I had in mind when I retired last night, the same basic idea which was in my head, as I stumbled from my bed and bounced off the walls on my way to the bathroom, while rubbing the sleepy-man’s dust from my eyes this morning.
Other things swam to the top of the quagmire of the ‘urgent’ lake. Like festering bubbles of noxious gasses, they rose swiftly to the surface of ‘to do now’ forcing other tasks and more pleasant jobs back under the surface of crucial undertakings.
I am not a list man, not any longer anyways. I now, in my years of semi-retirement, prefer the ‘Mañana’ approach to life. I am a firm believer that ‘Irie’ is a far better way to avoid a heart-attack than a daily dose of aspirin.
Therefore, slotting another job into a day, or in fact removing one, causes me no stress or bother. Even the prioritising of these tasks are not really my concern, I allow other people, notably my wife, to dictate the order in which they should be undertaken, if not completed.
I am happy to simply bumble along, plodding my way from errand to errand. Those that are concluded are concluded, those that remain undone, or partial are left as such until the next sunrise.
This is the way I think it would be best for all of us to live our lives.
As I said at the start of this post, I have a fairly full life which means that all things in my world are constantly and consistently changing, which is the one thing which stays the same!
It is a way of life I have got used to, I have honed the skill of relaxation so that now it looks like I am working. The truth is the same of work, only of course vice-versa.
I consider that to stay de-stressed, calm and collected in this high-speed, terabyte infused, interweb fed technological day and age is a rather rare talent.
But please, consider this…
I have not seen many Rastafarians that look particularly stressed-out if the electricity bill is a day late being settled.
The Spanish Lothario, your amante muy joven, will not be rushed from the bedroom to attend a job interview.
All those things will happen; they will come again in due course. There is no reason to stress about them right now.
Yes, as with my day today, things will alter.
Some things will transcend others, they will, for a short period of time, become prominent in your mind, urgent if you wish to use that term. But they are transitional, they are themselves just another ripple in our flux of life.
Many of these urgencies, the pressures of time and such restraints, are unworthy of true measure. They are false, fake, self-imposed, self-accepted limits.
Take a step back I say. Reassess exactly why it is you are rushing around, why you are stressing out.
Consider this…what is the worst thing that could happen if you do not complete that task within the time limit you have set?
Think. Is it really important enough for you to become so agitated, for your blood-pressure to soar, for your heart to pump so fast?
I think not. Do not allow them, do not allow circumstance to rule your life like that.
Live your own life. Chill out a little.
There is always a tomorrow.
If there is no tomorrow, there will be no worries either.
Now, my own tasks for this day are done, or can wait until ‘later’.
I am going to sit and write some more of my forthcoming novel ‘Floyd’, which I have neglected for too long. It will be nice to get re-acquainted with this psychopathic murderer.
I may get one thousand words written tonight, I may get absolutely none down on paper at all.
But then I have tomorrow.
See you all on the other side, Paul.
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