It’s with embarrassment I realize how long it’s been since my last blog post. Contrary to what some believe, I have not fallen off the face of the earth. However, I did fall down the proverbial rabbit hole!
In my life, falling down the rabbit hole represents an unintentional diversion from daily practices, routine, habits, and the like. I used to fight it–I’m too busy, have too many people depending on me, have deadlines–and all sorts of other self-important thoughts used to be my mantra. Of course, shouting it while spiraling down the hole did not stop my tumble!
Over the past few weeks, I have found some new interests; I have taken time to prepare and host my Thanksgiving holiday; spent much-enjoyed time with friends and family; worked on my business; enjoyed the diversion offered by a spontaneous room redo; spent five glorious days away; and I have scaled back my online time and increased my reading, movie and conversational times. While my contact with the masses has been sporadic, my contact with family and friends has been more consistent. And while my days have been chock-full–so much so that I haven’t had time to blog–I am more relaxed and fulfilled than I have been recently.
I owe this sense of satisfaction to falling away from reality for a bit. The (many times) self-imposed deadlines and goals we set, the unrealistic demands we place upon ourselves (or others), the belief that each of us is so important to the goings on around us, and the constant Henny Penny-ness of our lives–living under a cloud of fear that the sky will fall upon us if we aren’t paying attention–serve to wrap us tighter than a spring! Like a spring, each of us can only absorb so much before we go BOIIIIIINNNGGGG!
I find time in the rabbit hole preferable to self-imploding. It’s great to get a little change of scenery, introduce some new characters into one’s life, and if we’re lucky, like Alice, we come out of the rabbit hole with new understanding and new priorities.
Don’t fear the rabbit hole. It is life’s way of telling us we need to shift our focus. Jump in feet first and yell WHEEEEEEEEE all the way down!
That’s all for today. I’m late, I’m late…
Actually, I’m not late, nor do I have any important dates. Refreshing.
The Yellow Kite