My word of the year this year is “Mindful”. So far, I need more practice. I would say this is old age but I’ve done this my entire life. It’s a wonder Chad survived! I think I did ok as a parent – I never forgot where I left him; I was on time to pick him up from places, I fed him. I always did a great job at work and the one time I quit to move away, when we moved back to town, the attorney hired me right back so I must have been an ok employee.
But, if I don’t stay completely focused . . nothing gets finished. I really have to work hard to stay focused. I’ll be washing dishes and think of something else I need to do, stop and go do that, then think of something else and an hour later, the dishwater is cold and I kept going from one thing to another. Sometimes, I stop myself in my tracks and say “NO! Finish what you’re doing!”
The dishwasher repairman was coming early Friday morning so Thursday, I emptied the dishwasher, cleaned the filter, cleaned the top of the dishwasher where it sometimes has debris. Apparently, I started doing that and got sidetracked. Thursday night I made a rather large mess cooking and I hand washed all the dishes because I didn’t want to have to clean the dishwasher again before the repairman got here.
Vince let him in and they went into the kitchen together. I walked in a few minutes later and the repairman was taking dishes off the glass rack. At least they were clean dishes! I said “Did I leave that in there?” Of course, Vince said “No! He put them in and now he’s taking them out.” I said “I could have sworn I unpacked that dishwasher!” I must have gotten sidetracked . . put clothes in the dryer, answered the phone, stopped to watch a bird outside . . a squirrel . . who knows . . but I never went back to finish and never thought about it again.
My “mindful” effort this next week is going to be staying focused. I’m going to try to finish each job before running off to do something else.
After using all my little containers for floss, I wished I had a few more for needle and trim storage. Vince said “order more”. I went to my computer at least half a dozen times yesterday to order more and each time, I did something else – sent email to a friend, checked the weather, looked for buttons online, found a recipe . . never did order the containers. This morning I thought about them again, sat down and ordered them.
Too much to do and not paying enough attention!