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Life sets us a challenge

I stood in the doorway, surveying the mess: about to sort and pack years of records in 24 hours.  My first reaction was shock.  Overwhelmed at the task before me, the next reaction was anger.   And finally, standing at the crux of the chaos, I felt sadness for what could have been.

Backstory:  an employee left so it was my job to sort through the ashes.  Literally.  Through the piles. The stacks. The dust. The dead flies and the mouse droppings. ** Cough Cough **.   Out-dated phone books, notes, scraps of paper, stacks in corners, corners unseen.  ** Cough Cough ** A rhythm developed ~ assemble box & lid, open drawer,  breathe, lean in and go.   ** Cough Cough ** The back of my hair, damp with sweat, black dress slacks brown with dust and debris.  Shaking my head at the “no jeans” policy ~ laughing because this was Hazmat worthy.

Sorting, stacking, cleaning, organizing:  Nearly 40 boxes to be shred, garbage cans overflowing and 7 – count ’em 7 – boxes to be moved /re-filed.   A sore back and stiff neck that linger still.

Asked how this could be done so rapidly my answer: “determination fueled by disbelief.”

I’ve recently made some self- care choices that, on the surface, appear inconsequential: I got a personal cell phone.   Next I exported all (18 -ha!) personal contacts from the work phone and moved them to mine.  Then I  deleted those same numbers and any personal apps, too.   Why?  This week reinforced something sobering ~ we are all replaceable.

It’s an adjustment to turn off the work phone Friday evening and not look at it again until Monday. I’m working through it.  Now, it’s the personal phone that accompanies me to the grocery store or out on a date night with hubbs.  And I like that, when checked, there are 2 messages instead of 60. The breathless 60 can wait.

Yes, it’s a small step that’s netting me peace of mind and the separation/boundaries I’ve been craving.

Life does not look back.  Life looks ahead ~ and leaps.


“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”  Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym


What self-care steps have you taken lately?

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Random Five Friday ~ Home again

It’s Random – It’s Friday – Let’s go!

1. Home. I’m home again. 1458 miles, 3 hotels, and 2 time zones and  it’s confirmed ~ I love to go but I love to come home even more :).

2. Sitting in the Detroit airport and bored with my smartphone I ventured into a  bookstore where this gem was discovered:

by Susan Cain

“Quiet” by Susan Cain

With an hour to spare and an hour’s flight, too, I tore through “Quiet” – and found myself nodding in agreement, bookmarking pages, and wishing I had a highlighter with me for all the “aha” quotes found within.    Like an earlier post about  lessons learned with personality types – it reinforced what I already know.   I’m a “situational extrovert” – I can chat it up with family or be on “stage” at a meeting, etc. but I cannot do so without a price. This was a lovely reminder why I crave my quiet Sundays or time in my hotel room after a full day of meetings. Ding! Ding! Ding!

3.   My travels took me to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where two of my employees live and work.  Forested and friendly – that’s how I describe the “U.P.” :).  Hours in the car gave us meandering conversations, interesting comments and laughter. Lots of laughter.  I am so fortunate to have them and told them so.

The leaves are turning up north ~ image from

The leaves are turning up north ~ image from

4.  When I woke in my Ironwood hotel, I smiled at the massive luxury coach parked out front.  Located  in central time meant I was up “with the birds” so I headed on down to the breakfast area. There I found a sea of Minnesota seniors giggling over brunch.  My Dad came to mind, and the joy he had meeting new people and hearing their stories.

“So tell me the best part of your trip so far?” I asked.  And a flood of delighted answers came my way.  I’ve never been on a “Circle Tour” but hearing about their adventures makes me think I ought to.

5.   This week saw temps in the 70s, 60s, 50s, 40s and back up to 60s again.  It’s official =  Fall is here.  I found this picture on my phone recently and it made me smile – oh how old dog he loved a nice fall walk!  And oh how I miss that sweet old soul.

Frankie-bear resting during a walk; an Emjayandthem (C) photo

Frankie-bear resting during a walk; an Emjayandthem (C) photo

So – how was your week?  Are you an introvert?  Do you love coming home as much as you like going?


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