I’m in the middle. I’m ready for next but next hasn't come yet. Can you relate? It’s not that I don’t like where I am. I do. But, I’m ready for next. I’m in the middle. I’m not at the beginning. I’m not at the end.
The hard part about being in the middle is the waiting. What do I do as I wait? Do I prepare for what is? Or do I prepare for what is to come? The reality is that we live in now, not when. We can plan for the future but we have to live in the present. If we don’t live in the present, we sabotage the present with hopes of the future. So, as I wait for next, I’m living in the present and enjoying the present.
It occurred to me recently, while I looked at my cluttered dining room table (cluttered with fabric, measuring tape, thread, scissors and a needle from sewing coverings for living room chairs), that it’s important to finish what you can while you are in the middle. For example, leaving the dining room table cluttered as I wait to finish covering the second living room chair was frustrating to me. The dining room table looked messy and the dining room looked messy. I felt as if I wasn’t accomplishing anything. But, I wasn’t finished covering the second living room chair so I left everything on the table.
I realized that even though I wasn’t finished, I needed to put things away in order to feel a sense of accomplishment. So, I put everything that was on the table in a temporary location (neatly in the corner of the hall closet) and put a new tablecloth on the dining room table. When I finished clearing everything off the dining room table and looked at the dining room, I felt better because the dining room was neat. I wasn’t finished, but because I tidied up the dining room table, I felt better. I felt as if I was making progress even though nothing had changed with my project.
When you are in the middle, it’s important to tidy up. Finish what you can. Make things neat so that when you transition to next, you do so smoothly. Stopping to organize things while you are still working on a project enables you to continue with a sense of purpose. While you wait for next, you can still be productive in the present. Not tidying up causes you to increase your stress level while you wait for next.
I’m still in the middle but I‘m ok with being in the middle. I’ve got a plan for the present and I have things to do while I wait. Are you in the middle? If you are, what are you doing while you wait for your next?
Book Signings in 2019:
🙂6/15 - Barnes & Noble, St. Petersburg, FL. (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
😁8/3 - Barnes & Noble, Sarasota, FL (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
😉8/10 - Barnes & Noble, Brandon, FL (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
☺️8/10 - Barnes & Noble, South Tampa, FL (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
😁10/5 - Barnes & Noble, Sarasota, FL (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
🙂11/2 - Barnes & Noble, South Tampa, FL (12 p.m. - 2 p.m.)