Can it really be 3 months since I’ve written? Hard to believe how life can change in the blink of an eye. On May 14th just as I was accepting a job I didn’t really want, but the only offer extended after 5 months of looking, the manager at a company I used to work for decided to retire. Within an hour of the district manager receiving her notice at 5:00 pm on the 15th, we were communicating and by 7:30 the next morning I was offered exactly the job I wanted but never thought would be available, site manger for 2 stores. Be careful what you wish for!
Not someone who enjoys traveling, actually I have nothing against traveling, I often enjoy it once I’m on the road, it’s leaving home I hate, I was on a plane the following Monday for training after 4 crazy days of paperwork and packing. I headed for Terrill Texas where we crammed 12 days of training into roughly 4 ½, time being of the essence because on my return I was facing not only inventory in both stores a week apart, but inventory using brand new equipment and procedures, no pressure there! (The key to a smooth inventory is preparation and I would have little to no time to prep.)
Though many systems have changed, much of what I knew when working for the company 5 years prior returned to my out of practice brain. Inventory went surprisingly smoothly and 3 months later the stores are almost organized to my standards. Things are moving forward ¾ slowly!
If it was any other time of year, getting everything done would not have been so pressing, but not only do I live in a tourist town where summer ‘tis the season to make money, it’s also back to school time for us and I manage clothing stores, so the pressure has been more than normal.
Considering I went from a total focus on my creative life, painting and writing to a complete dive back into the world of corporate retail, I’m managing fairly well. Having muses who understand and are willing to wait while not allowing me to forget, helps. Remembering that organizing is a form of creativity and acknowledging that creativity doesn’t always mean writing the next prize winning play or painting up a storm has kept my artistic side ever hopeful of attention. Keeping in touch with my weekly writing group, whether I’ve written or not has spurred me to sneak in a few pages now and then, and dutifully writing my morning pages and journaling allows me some feeling of creative virtue.
I also took 3 days to go away to Ojo Caliente with a writing buddy, where I was gifted for the idea for a retreat and am planning to offer it in October (when hopefully things will be in better balance.)
So what is the life school lesson in all this? Be clear on what you need and want, ask for, accept and allow. Put infrastructures in place to support your passion when the practicalities of life take precedence, so that when you can grab a moment you will have what you need. (Fishing pole, pastels, pen and paper, guitar, being organized allows you to be creative!)
Know that balance is a teeter-totter and the center point is an “and” not an “or”, you can have all you want and need, though not necessarily at the same time. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, I get by with a little help from my friends, and my therapist, and my massage therapist, and the person I now pay to clean my house and my neighbor who helps me with the ferals and…
Last but not least, know that time IS of the essence, and that means distilling and appreciating the essence of what sustains, gives joy, renews, the light on the garden as you drink your coffee, the customer with whom you have a meaningful exchange, the moment it takes to remind a friend that busy or not, you’re here for them. Life is made up of the minutes and days and how we spend them is how we do life, to paraphrase a quote I once read.
Onward and upward,