Since moving, our space has gone from mess to order many times, as we unpack, settle, organize, in stages. Today, just as we thought we were through the worst of it, that is, AFTER we put the pots back on the finally-finished pot racks, all hell broke loose. Everything went wrong that could, as we tried to set up new phones (where IS the phone that’s ringing?) install the new AC to discover it was damaged, clean up the mess left from a project, help an ailing mother from afar, hire a new assistant, IMPOSE SOME ORDER and get this lovely place back to its airy minimal self. Every project we started got interrupted by another going wrong until finally we hit a wall.
And when we hit the wall, we found ourselves thinking: There must be another way to view this/do this. We thought of the post we’d written this morning, “when ‘disaster’ gets interesting” of the guy with ALS, and all the people who are up shit creek – REAL SHIT CREEK – finding positive way to deal with truely difficult things, and realized that nothing was really wrong, just a lot of little things awry. What are we doing wrong here? is the question we asked…What assumptions have we bought that it all has to come together in OUR timing, go smoothly? What is really behind our thinking something’s wrong?
We are mulling that. And meanwhile, made a cup of tea, and little by little will straighten the chaos of the place out. We offer these pictures as a relinquishing of order and notions of perfection…of how things are “supposed to be.”
Wallace Stevens wrote: “The imperfect is our paradise.” That’s the shift of view we needed.
Related posts: when ‘disaster’ gets interesting
project + reno lesson: embrace the unexpected……… things won’t go as planned
chuck close’s ‘note to self’ (eight perfect rules for living)
the world is change (and change is not apocalypse)