Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sleeping on Sandwiches - Day 21

Sleeping on Sandwiches - Day 21

The Posture Police Blotter was on hiatus for awhile and I've revived it with a daily blog that is running from June 20 through September 22. This daily edition has a different focus to it and the gem in all of this is that what I'm going to be writing and what I've written about posture and the Alexander Technique are all related. Follow along and learn how!

The balance between non-action and reaction
Have you ever set aside time for a project?  A lot of time?  And then realized nearing the end of that block of time that it probably wasn't going to get done?  Then what?  

I am in such a dilemma at the moment.  Four weeks with time set aside specifically for getting my apartment in shape so that our living space isn't consumed by unpacked, unsorted, items from having moved over a year ago. 

We've been living with a certain amount of disorganization (hence the title of this blog) for awhile now.  So, when do we figure things out and get ourselves organized in a way that there isn't constant anxiety in regards to what most people would call mundane, usual things?  

How to proceed is not entirely clear to me.  My partner uses the word "trappings" to refer to "stuff" and our kids do the same.  We really have become trapped by our trappings.  Why not just toss them?  We'd probably end up tossing out important documents, beloved stuffed animals, and clothing that still fits our kids.  But would it be worth it to just get rid of it and deal with the consequences of lost documents later?  We live in an apartment, so we don't have a basement or an attic.  Our living room is a sort of holding pen for unaddressed items and our second bedroom a holding pen for clean, sorted through stuff that's waiting to be brought back into the living room.  That's two basically unusable rooms in a four-room apartment.

Part of me says to just take it slow and we'll eventually get there, even if it's frustrating and painful.  Another part of me says that we should take more drastic action, that could be quite inconvenient for us and disorienting and upsetting for our kids, because it's nuts to drag this out any longer.  This is a classic example of not wanting to rush ahead ("end-gain" in Alexander Technique terms), but also not wanting to just stand idly by and draw out a problematic situation.  How do I act, but not react?    

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