Life leaps like a geyser for those willing to drill through the rock of inertia. Alexis Carrel
This quote is both an encouragement and a conviction for me. Frankly, drill and rock describe the effort it takes to break through inertia more often than not, especially if I Just. Don't.Feel. Like. Doing. It.
It seems like I plod through inertia, a lot of the time, or else I'd never get through it at all. Or maybe, I put off the to-do's that I least like to do.
I tend to do the easier things first and then feel I got more accomplished that way which is, of course, only an illusion, but it keeps me moving in that direction as I'm more energized.
And honestly, if life leapt, well, it would probably startle me! I find my kids startling me more often than not at the moment, especially as they are getting bigger (11, 9, and college) and the space they take up for their maneuvers encroaches on my space, which is dwindling proportionally. Plus, since they don't know where their body space ends until they grow mentally into the size of their new bodies, they are leaping around corners and banging into spaces and each other, with accompanying loud voices and noises.
Startling me. You'd think I was nervous. But really I'm usually calm.
I find if I plug away at the things that clear out my spaces, then there is space for new life to enter. And space to move around without bumping into each other. (The kitchen is tricky.)
In that vein, I got the Christmas tree down yesterday, with the help of my girls and one of their friends. That seemed like a big job, but really didn't take too long...and then moved things into that space and out of where they were for the holidays and put things away.
Christmas is officially over. I liked it. Especially taking the time to enjoy it after the fact, when everyone was back in their respective places, school and work. To be completely honest, I still have some things I could put away in another room, but I don't feel like it, so inertia sits just fine with me. I'll enjoy it a little longer.
It feels like spring here, though we undoubtedly will get some cold weather in February. We always do. I am not ready for summer heat yet.
But I'm ready for some new life, as long as it isn't too startling. I think I'd like some fresh flowers.
Originally posted 2007-01-16 20:13:32.