This is the day when we look at why we craft
and how we handle what life throws at us.
I have been having a good day so far.
Jim came round and we finally put the Trade Catalogue to bed
in readiness for the NEC next week.
This is the big GB Convention, when all the craft-shop owners and business people gather together. We have a big stand this year.
Just for the record, we didn’t wrap the book up and tuck it in under the duvet! To put something to bed in the printing/publishing world means to complete work on something and send it on to the next step in production – in this case the printers.
Yay! Looking good.
Mind you, I had that down as taking an hour this morning!
Just tie up a few loose ends I thought, cast my eye over the layout.
Sheeshkebab!! These things always take much longer than you anticipate – especially if you want to do it proud.
But the graphics, the code names, the descriptions – it goes on and on and on! And then you get lost in the look and the feel of it…
Jim’s done a grand job thus far, but it still took today to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.
Once it was clear that this job was going to take a lot longer than anticipated, I simply accepted that all the things I had planned to do today would just have to be shunted to tomorrow.
And tomorrow’s jobs have been moved to Friday. Easy.
With the exception of our blog, of course!
So I just settled in to spending the day with Jim.
He’s such a smashing bloke. Very clever.
It was a pleasure working with him.
Actually, when I think about it,
Acceptance is the key to all my problems today.
I think that’s the key to a calmer life, you know.
Not the shunting! The acceptance that this is how it is today.
Things take as long as they take. They always do.
And there was nothing on my to-do list that an extra day
No babies being delivered, nobody being collected from an airport,
no live TV shows. Easy Street.
As Confucious say, “You can’t push the river”.
Next, I have cancelled what was on the original agenda this evening, because Paul and I want to go through the next three TV proposals; then he can put them to bed tomorrow!
Again, rather than fight it, I choose to accept that it will be nice to spend some time with him and Dave, sort the work out,
and have supper together too.
It’s the state of mind which defines the play, not the activity itself, isn’t it.
So whilst all my plans today have completely gone out the window, the things which will have been done (by the time I put myself to bed!), were more important today.
There was a time I would have been getting my knickers in a right old twist – and I may again tomorrow!
But today was fine.
In fact, I’d go as far as to say I really really enjoyed it.
|Oooh I say!|
I also enjoyed my reaction, if you get what I mean.
It’s so refreshing to see that I can react well.
There’s definitely been a shift since we moved over to HOCHANDA, you know.
Long may it continue!
One more thing: yesterday, I was buying some bits in the local farm shop on the way home,
and ran into one of my old neighbours from years ago.
Have seen her for donkeys!!
We were chatting in the shop doorway, and out of nowhere, I said,
“Shall we go in the tea room and catch up properly, Julie?”
That’s big cheese for this old Workaholic ! To just slam the breaks on and get off for an hour, instead of dashing on.
Tea with an old acquaintance. How normal is that ?!
Then I called Dave and asked if we could have a work-free evening when he got home. Not to talk about it at all.
So we didn’t. I had to consciously think about it, and several times had to stop myself, because our habit is to discuss work nonstop.
Boy did I sleep well!
And I insisted on making him breakfast before he shot out the door this morning. I think if I don’t try to change things, they won’t change, will they.
If you always does what you always did,
you’ll always get what you always got.
But I must go now.