When we talked about “finding balance” in the Before Times, it seemed different.
More aspirational. More of a long term, “I’ll get there eventually” sort of concept.
These days it seems more like an immediate and visceral struggle — with some of them going far better than others.
One moment you’re a ninja of mindfulness — listening to soothing music instead of doom-scrolling, whipping up scones, churning out preserves, finishing little projects here, starting ambitious new ones there, getting lots of fresh air and exercise, taking one moment at a time, and generally thinking, “I’ve got this.”
In short: you’re CRUSHING this whole balance thing. Easy peasy!
Unfortunately those days, for me at least, are rare — dare I say, imaginary — especially as we meander into year two of stress and uncertainty.
There are many more days when my scrolling thumb is screaming for relief, thoughts are scrambled and nerves are stretched thin enough to pluck a plaintive and off key ballad called “Enough Already.”
Balance, in other words, proves elusive.
As you may have gathered, it’s been a rough week.
I’ve recently taken up Fair Isle knitting for the first time in a long time. You really have to concentrate and, if you follow the pattern, it works out more or less as it’s supposed to, which is particularly reassuring at the moment. Another plus — it’s impossible to doom-scroll at the same time.
And, of course, there are always the crow therapists — like Marvin the fencing champion shown above. And Mavis, keeping a stern eye on me . . .
Spring is here — and just as they brought joyful visual messages during difficult times last year . . .
. . . my crow neighbours are painting hopeful pictures again now.
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