Abundance of less reality check


Photo of a large tree on the bank of a still lake or pond

I have moved!!!

So far, however, this is NOT true of most of my possessions. Sigh.

The latest estimate is that they will begin travel today.

This is very similar to the estimate yesterday. And the day before. And … you get the picture.

This has entailed a handful of difficulties, not the least being that my diet revolves around items largely boxed away somewhere in California, and I am currently sleeping on a twin sized (ish) inflatable mattress.

BUT it has also given me the opportunity to appreciate the situation I am in!

Because, mild inconveniences aside,

  • I do have everything I need to do my work.
  • I have a working fridge and oven!
  • I have quality indoor plumbing, so can have my nightly bath before hitting the hay… er… balloon bed.
  • And hey, I HAVE the balloon bed, so I’m not in a sleeping bag on the linoleum!
  • I even a decent smattering of furniture that my Landlords have not yet moved, so at least what possessions II brought with me are semi-organised.

Therefore, as I began to stress about yet another delay of THE STUFF, I decided to PAUSE.

Take a step back.

Reevaluate ye old perspective.

And you know what? I found some real blessings!

The joy of enforced unbusyness.

I have been sick since a few days before I got here, which has just CRUSHED my energy. (Finally getting functional these last 2 days.)

Had my things been delivered on time, I would have felt enormous urgency about getting them unloaded and unpacked.

But they weren’t here. Not a dang thing I could do about that.

So you know what I did instead? I got to REST. Which is probably why I’m getting better already.

I’ve also taken some pauses to just appreciate being here. I know I would have done that some – appreciating unloading in 60 degree, rather than 100 degree weather, at least! – but I would not have paused and savoured this first period the same way if another huge project had arrived a day or two after I did.

Light at the end of the tunnel preview.

Getting this first small wave of stuff I brought with me completely organised before the tsunami hits, was an unexpected blessing

If you’ve ever spent weeks wading through the never-ending deluge of BOXES YET TO GET TO you’ll understand how nice it is just to be DONE for a brief while!

Much LIGHTER plan changes!

I have changed some of my plans for how to use this space as I’ve spent time in it. Making those changes before said space is loaded up with heavy boxes or tables that need to be moved is a big benefit!

Perspective in practice.

Moving ALWAYS makes me more passionate about simplifying and downsizing, and this has provided an opportunity to see what I really miss!

Putting some walk into that talk, baby.

Of course the biggest blessing is probably the simple fact that instead of getting more and more stressed out each day, I am (most days) able to calmly go on with the life I have in this moment. 

After three years of trying to be more mindful, live more intentionally, it’s encouraging to see I’ve learned SOMETHING!


And I THANK GOD I didn’t cave into space-crunch-panic and put any of the plants into the moving boxes!

The temptation was there! I have small car and entirely too many plants. But thankfully all are here with me, a bit rumpled and indignant, but not gasping out their last breaths in a 96 degree warehouse somewhere in CA!

Be well. 

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