Self Care in the Wilderness

NaBloPoMo

NaBloPoMo (Photo credit: underdutchskies)

As my life gets more chaotic with the process of moving (cleaning out one place, settling into another, with all the attendant messes involved) I notice that I’ve gotten less regular about posting here.  So I am taking action! I registered for NaBloPoMo, It’s a lot of things (click on the link to learn more) but for me, it’s a commitment to post every single day in the month of November.

This is how things often happen with me: if I want to prioritize something, there’s nothing quite like making a public commitment to it.  So there it is: let’s see if I can keep blogging while my life gets scattered all over San Leandro, CA.

“Home” is such an important place, and it can be such a slippery concept when we are under stress. I am living in two places right now, not fully in either, and the division is stressful. My office is in one place, my bed in another. Most of my clothes are in boxes, and I already know of one thing that probably got packed when it should have gone to Goodwill. Or maybe it didn’t. Nothing is sure anymore except that a lot of stuff is lost temporarily.

Our ancestors spent 40 years in the wilderness, wondering when they would get home to a place they had never seen. A whole generation had to pass before they could get to where they were going. Right now I can identify with them, even though I’m only moving a couple of miles, because I have pulled up the roots in one place and not yet put them all the way down in another. I’m living out of boxes, out of my car, and my car is a mess. When I think of it this way, though, I can’t fuss much: by the end of the month, I will be home. And in the meantime, writing this blog will be a fixed point in a moving universe, something that always helps me feel more secure.

When in your life have you been stuck in between? What did you do to take care of yourself in the meantime?

3 Responses to Self Care in the Wilderness

  1. Janice Heck says:

    It takes years to get out of the boxes! But hang in there. You can do it. Getting stuck…in between…or just getting stuck is sometimes a problem for me. I tell myself to take that first step and stop worrying about whatever it is. Just do it. Swoop. Like the Nike shoes. Done.

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    • rabbiadar says:

      Amen! The process is moving along, I’m glad to report, even if I’ve been so busy moving that I’m late replying to blog comments!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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  2. Meredith says:

    I’m feeling stuck in between as well: time to pare down, but what should go and what might I use or want to pass on or keep for sentimental reasons? It’s always tough to let go, but just taking it one step at a time is best. Enjoy the transition :)

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