Transitions, being Grumpy and You, God

Transition Time. Photo by Pulelehua Quirk

Ah God,

Transitions are tricky — difficult. And preparing to do something really DIFFICULT — like running a marathon is particularly challenging.

Kit is running one in 11 days. We leave in just 6 days. And, I have noticed in that past that we both grow grumpier in the several weeks before the marathon. He is training hard and focused on what’s coming up. There isn’t a lot of energy left over for being cool and collected. He has an excellent excuse for being a tiny bit grumpy.

As for me —  I overreact. Just like a mike too close to the speaker we set up a feedback loop.  Oh my! When people are intertwined and love each other it is so easy for that to happen. I take things personally and flare. Actually, we were doing better than usual until he started to do the taxes.

Now, God, I am BLESSED! I have a husband who DOES the taxes. THATS GREAT! But the stress level has been such that last night I told him we are not ever ever going to combine doing taxes AND getting ready to go off for a marathon in the SAME WEEK.  NOT EVER!

Well, yes, God. You do remind me that I am preparing for a big project, too. One that has me doing more than usual. I’m doing my share of grumpy.  And, no. No, I didn’t do any centering prayer yesterday. I can feel You shaking Your Head.

I learn — but then I forget. Maybe that what Overloads are for? To help me learn to remember under STRESS? I did stop — right after You reminded me about Centering Prayer. I sat silently — wordlessly — consciously in Your Presence — and even after just a few minutes I felt much better.

Duh!

So transitions and overload are HARD because I think Time with You is expendable! In fact, for me it is often the first to go. Sigh. It is hard being a Slow Learner. I’m so thankful that You are ENCOURAGING — and FORGIVING! Thank YOU!  And THANK YOU ESPECIALLY FOR KIT!

Story teller,

Posted in being a Slow Learner, busy, busy as an attack strategy, Centering Prayer, compassion to care for myself, Grumpy as a reminder, Humility or Needing Help!, lap time, learning, relationships, Transitions
3 comments on “Transitions, being Grumpy and You, God
  1. Martha Lee Mullen says:

    Hi Margie….

    What is the Big Project you are preparing for?

    Love, ML

  2. Ann Peters says:

    I just read that when under stress one needs TWICE the centering time!! Carving it out of a busy schedule is a real challenge! good for you for taking even a few minutes.
    love, ann

  3. margie smith says:

    Hi, ML
    It is the Arcadia Library Open House! I’ve been a busy bee getting the self guided tour done, and the tips for using the catalog . . . and changing over a thousand barcodes to LARGE print in all the large print books. . . etc.

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