I want to live a simple life, I really do. But sometimes it just seems to be a pipe dream. There is always something coming along to derail my plans, efforts, and progress. It is so easy to get distracted and forget my accomplishments, or fail to realize I have alternatives.
I feel like I am always working on my 100 plus year old house. For every repair or project I finish, there’s always another and another and another. On the other hand, I’ve gotten a lot done. I’ve insulated, re-sided, and re-roofed the place. My big projects before winter are to finish some foundation repairs and replace a couple windows. Everything else is sheet rock, paint, and cabinetry with a little easy plumbing thrown in. So, maybe it’s not so bad.
I’ve been trying to avoid getting wrapped up political issues, as it just raises my blood pressure and little else. The problem is that no matter where I turn, I’m inundated with the scandal-du-jour. It transcends party lines and geography. I find as much political annoyance locally as I do at the national level, with no end in sight some days. On the other hand, there is so much in life which brings me peace and joy. My church, my friends, my family, my pets, my exercising, my hobbies, and so on. When the political dross shows up in my Facebook feed, TV or e-mail I can just scroll past, change the channel, or hit “delete”.
On balance, there are many more things in my positive column than my negative column. I just need to learn to adjust my focus.