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The Sandbox Writing Challenge 2018 — Exercise 13


What can you do to simplify your life?

Having recently made an attempt to do this, it’s not a hard prompt for me. A few things come immediately to mind, one of which just happened naturally since having been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that limits many things I can do. In particular a lot of my “outside” activities had to be curtailed because I just couldn’t keep up with them at this point. I’m hesitant to make commitments as I never know when it’s going to be a good or a bad day.

Then there was this blog. I think I was probably not on here hardly at all for three or four months before the end of the year. Fuzzy thinking has been a real problem. Still not reading books. So I had to just back off it for awhile.

But there have been three other things I’v had to continually work at.

First, I’ve sent the last three weeks reorganizing things in the house. I got so tired of asking his nibs and Bran to fetch high-up things for me that I rearranged the kitchen cupboards and the hall linen closet so that I’d be able to get things myself. Simplifying THAT has been a great stress relief. Not just for me, but for them as now they don’t have to stop whatever they’re doing and become my slaves (which I’m pretty sure they must have felt like now and then though they have been very swell about it…).

The second thing I had to do was learn to ask for help. I’m SO one of those “pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps” kind of people who has a hard time asking for help. I find it humiliating. My pride gets in the way. But I’m learning.

The last thing I did to simplify was to learn to say “no.” Whether it be no to something that these two could do for themselves, or being asked to help in the fellowship hall at church, or even going out to the movies with my bud Amy. There are just times I can’t do what people may expect. I’ve found it’s better to not beat around the bush about it and just say no up front. I’ve discovered there’s a real ART to that!

(Now if I could just learn to say no to that package of cookies sitting in there on top of the fridge I’m pretty sure it would simplify other areas of my life as well! rolls eyes….)



Picture Sources:
Simplify Your Life — http://www.angelagayehorn.com/its-time-to-simplify-your-life/
Smiley — PinArt
Enjoy the Little Things — hamarevichar – WordPress.com