The Curious Case of Clothespeg Matching

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“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” ~ Gustav Flaubert

Something interesting happened yesterday as I was pegging out the washing. Well, interesting to me, anyhow…

For all of my life I have shaken out each item, and pegged it neatly by corners or seams. I take a piece of laundry, dip my hand into the peg basket, and repeat, repeat, repeat until I’m done.

Yesterday was a big washing day. Five loads. And as I neared the end, clothesline groaning under the burden, I realised that somehow in the last little while I have become a peg matcher.

This is not something that EVER mattered to me. In fact, I wasn’t even aware that matching the colour of your pegs could be a deliberate act.

For decades I have simply taken random pegs. But yesterday I looked at the evidence. Here a pillowcase with two red pegs. There a sheet with two blue pegs. A t-shirt, two white pegs. Jeans, two more red pegs. And so it went. Not a single random allocation of colours.

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Hmmmm.

And there’s more.

Suddenly, after endless months (years actually) of struggling with strategic story ideas, editing, plots and timelines I am creating complex interactions, and jotting down page after page of notes and wild imaginings. I can see where things need to be fixed or worked on. I can feel the flow of words again.

On the one hand I have become orderly, structured and with a yearning for systems and neatness.

On the other hand I am experiencing a riotous explosion of creative chaos and expansive thinking.

I’m putting it down to my lyme meds. As all of these horrid bacteria in my brain die off, the old grey matter appears to be functioning better. Oh my goodness. My brain is starting to work again!!!

It’s been a hard road on this treatment regime, and there’s so much left still to do. But I can honestly see improvement. I have more energy. My balance is improving. My heart is beginning to behave. The vista of my life is beginning to widen in front of me and possibilities I thought closed to me for ever are opening out. So, I will stick to these drugs. I will stick to this diet. I will persevere through the awfulness. Because something is working – I am slowly healing and being restored to myself.

Hooray for peg matching! I wonder what other changes there shall be?

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Journal for Spiritual Clarity and Connection 2 – All about my Mind

The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.  ~Albert Einstein

Week 2:  All About My Mind

This week we are focussing on our minds and all that entails for us, including putting our ‘thinking spaces’ in order.  Our plan is to understand and connect with our minds; our thoughts, knowledge, expectations and goals.

Journal Exercise:

This week, write in your journal about your career and life aspirations.  How could you challenge yourself to grow?  Dancing lessons, trekking in Nepal, a language or a hobby?  Is there something that you have stopped doing,  or would love to do?

Use any of these starters to help you:

  • I have always wanted to learn…
  • I used to really enjoy…
  • One thing I would really like to achieve is…
  • A thing I find difficult that I would like to master is…
  • A thing that I am naturally good at, but would be even better with lessons or a mentor is…
  • When I was younger I always imagined myself doing…
  • I know it sounds crazy, but I’ve always wanted to…
  • My real strength is in my ability to…
  • Everyone has something they are good at, a natural intelligence.  Mine is…

Spend time identifying your stresses.  Work out ways to limit these, or to better manage them.  Look into meditation, relaxation and yoga.  Be active in looking for solutions, and in asking for help.

Use these starters to explore what stresses you:

  • I often worry about…
  • I feel sick or anxious when I think about…
  • The thing I feel a constant pressure about is…
  • If we argue, it’s always about…
  • The area where I’m really ashamed of myself is…
  • The thing that embarrasses me the most is…
  • If I could change one thing it would be…
  • It would be such a relief if…
  • The thing that frustrates me and drives me crazy in my daily life is…
  • The thing I feel slipping away from me is…

Activity:

Make time to relax and/or meditate for ten minutes each day.

Read a good book, and make a list of others you would enjoy reading.

Clean out your filing cabinets, desk, old address books, bookcases, and anywhere notes, knowledge and ideas are stored.  Archive anything you need to hold onto by law, and refile or bin the rest.

Do something stimulating – learn to drum, do crosswords or take up knitting.  See a play, concert, gallery showing, or movie. Enrol in a cooking class or French lessons. Trust that if you look after your mind, stimulate it and challenge it, it will continue to serve you well throughout your life.