A bowl of cereal, a new caregiver and a stack of notebooks filled with bills and correspondence – what did these things have in common? They were all in the right place at the wrong time. . Too early in the day to have gathered my defenses, I sat wide-eyed and speechless as a bowl filled with milk and cereal, slipped out of my new assistant’s hand only to land upside down on an ordered stack of paperwork and notebooks. It was a moment when my patience and desire to be in control were challenged beyond words.
I spend a lot of energy creating ‘systems’ that keep the details of my daily life, both items and routines, accessible to me and the people who assist me. When someone has worked with me for a while these systems become familiar, reducing the amount of time necessary to give directions or search for things. It all appears logical and routine until a new person is added to the team.
Certainly the one most challenged is the new assistant. Already on the spot, it is easy to see the anxiety rise as new tasks are introduced.
At least that what I must say to myself. So many details in life are not in my control. If I focused on this fact for too long a wave named ‘overwhelmed’ could quickly wash over me. So I sit in my beautiful home taking deeper breathes to settle my nerves as I help to reassure my assistant and clean up the breakfast spill – one.simple.direction.at.a.time.
‘I learn whatever state I’m in, therein to be content.’ What an amazing woman, Helen Keller. Her wisdom is my encouragement and for this I give thanks.
6 thoughts on “Spilt milk!”
Another gem, Carrie. We all have a lot of spilled milk in our lives. Thanks, again, for the positive, helpful insights. I greatly appreciate your inspirations.
Thank you, Bruce. There is comfort in knowing this experience is shared even though the stories are unique to each of us.
Most of us could not deal with what you have delt all your life, for one day. Think of you often.
Love you. Lilyan
There are days that it does take a village! Thank you for your kind words, Lilyan.
Beautiful reminder this morning. We have control of nothing. I love you!
Nothing- is right!!
Blessings to you and your family
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