With the world spinning as fast as it does these days it’s easy to end up feeling a little like a kid stepping off a merry-go-round, dizzy, disoriented, and pulled off kilter. As kids we loved that dizzy spun-out feeling, as responsible grown ups we don’t have time for such nonsense. We want to be in control, have more focus, feel more calm and collected, and remain centered and grounded. And we’d prefer it all wrapped up in a tidy bow call work/life balance.
Here at our house we’re in the midst of remodeling and reorganizing our life and our space. So it’s not surprising to note that the crazy chaos connected with these projects has caused me to feel a little off kilter.
From experience I’ve learned this chaotic phase is often an essential part of the creative process. I’ve learned that holding on too tightly and trying to white knuckle my way through these periods is counter productive. I’ve learned getting there is easier when I point my feet downstream and let the creative current carry me where it will. I’ve learned it’s useful to reframe my experience from frustrating, scary, and uncomfortable to exciting, fun, and exhilarating. I’ve learned to call it an adventure.
It may seem counter-intuitive and a bit of a paradox, but true-life balance contains both the messy and the tidy. With this perspective I’ve found it easier to deal with the temporary discomfort of that all too familiar out-of-balance feeling. Do I get caught up sometimes in the tornado? Sure, I still find myself in the struggle sometimes. But I now know how to say, “Whoa! Stop!” I can then gently remind myself to take a deep breath and point my feet back down stream.