Thanks for popping in. Been cleaning the kitchen all afternoon. Woke up with a washing machine head, anxious about nothing in particular – and everything. Sorted out my colouring pencils and got them back in order. That helped massively. Just arranging a little colour system in a tin of pencils gives me a sense of order, of control.
So I ventured beyond the tin after our morning session in the SHAC-Shack with the Blue tits, and decided to have a day of head space. A proper clear out of the kitchen, the porch – and my mind. No point in going to the office when my head is in turmoil. That won’t help at all at all!
You see, on top of uncertainty, a blanket of angst and general global chaos, we have got so much going on at little ol’ Clarity! So many plates up in the air. Everywhere I look I see untied ends, things that need finishing, projects which need nudging forward if we are going to meet our deadlines, piles of stuff which still have to be unpacked from when we moved to the new factory – etc. etc. etc. Thing is, we are a vastly reduced team, so we have to focus on what’s in front of us to keep the business going, and leave the “sorting” for when we have more time…
There comes a point of saturation though, when the worn out head is too full – and the computer freezes, as it were, stops functioning efficiently. Way too many windows open, and the only solution is to shut them all down – and reboot. No point in trying to tackle a factory when you feel like that! Best stay away, defrag the hard disk. Definitely best to clear the head before you wade into that lot.
So I made a few phone calls, made my excuses, then started cleaning the kitchen. Started at one end, and slowly, methodically worked my way through. Not quickly. Quite deliberately. Put away lots of trinkets and dust catchers, cleared the shelves of knick knacks which have been building up over the months. Checked the best by date on stuff and binned quite a few potential science projects! I could have carried on, but that’ll do. The cleaning has served its purpose. Apart from having a clean and tidy kitchen, my head is clean and tidy, and I can see the road ahead again.
Perhaps Dave is up for a walk this evening. We try to leave work at the stile before we turn into the woods. Otherwise we may as well stay in the kitchen and discuss Clarity. Because before you know it, you’ve walked 4 miles, and you haven’t taken in a blimming thing.
Do you know what I mean? Do you get me?