To Get Unstuck, Settle for What You Can Manage

Dog looking out at Mississippi River

How does one get unstuck? You know, that kind of stuck where you can’t seem to carve out enough time (or what you believe is enough time) to do a decent job at something so you do nothing.

We’ve all seen the articles that tell us that we DO have enough time if something is REALLY important to us. Often what we say we value is not backed up by how we actually spend our time.

With me, I’ve been trying to finish a blog post and edit some photos to go with it for two weeks now. This is not THAT blog post.

Dog looking out at Mississippi River

This is the blog post where I’m giving myself permission to put out something that could be pretty blasé or downright crappy. This is not the grand post I had planned in my head, but it is the post I can manage.

And I tell myself that it’s not a big deal… because I do know how to make a big deal out of things that are not a big deal.

You see, the way that I spent my time this weekend – the things I did that prevented me from creating a masterpiece, cleaning my house, and catching up on paperwork – actually did represent what I value most.

walking dogs at Crow Hassan Park

Rather than catching up with all the writing projects, household tasks, and errands I have loaded up onto my plate, I played outside last weekend.

For the past few years, Minnesota winters have alternated between unusually warm temperatures where it rains during the day and then turns to ice at night. Warmth is followed by artic sub-zero temperatures, which means more ice. We might get some snow but not much and what we do get is either hard and crunchy or melting slush. Either way, underneath it lies a layer of ice or mud.

walking dogs at Crow Hassan Park

In other words, it’s been rare that there’s been enough decent snow to enjoy the winter by skiing or snowshoeing. So when we got about four inches of snow and it didn’t melt immediately, but would melt soon with temperatures from thirty-five to forty degrees this week, I threw aside my To Do list for the fleeting chance of playing in the snow.

cross country skiing

I think I made the right decision.

Maery Rose

Tomorrow is the big day and I don’t mean that in a good way. To comfort myself, I’ve been reading blogs that lift me up and I’d like to share a couple of the posts here:

“I practice seeing. Sometimes it results in art. Sometimes, it doesn’t. Whether it does or not, it is necessary for the honing of my eye so that I may open myself as deeply as possible to the unusual, the unexpected, and all things mysterious.” ~ Sharon Brown Christopher

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  1. I’m proud of you for what you decided to do over the weekend, just accept that it’s right and enough. I also understand about the blog posts, again, whatever you do is just what you should be doing … not to make light of it but getting something out there usually helps.
    And I really, and still, love the photos of your pups … bet they appreciated your company!

  2. Loved this…read it on a day when I’m super-focused on my to-do list but am just about to toss it aside in favor of calling a friend who is celebrating her 50th birthday.

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