Yes, this is the message the elves in my laptop keep sending.
A message which, frankly, terrifies me. I mean, it can’t be good, can it???
My first response was a reflexive, AAAACCCKKK!
My second response was, DUH!!!
I moved on, fairly typically for me, to distraction. To something I know how to do.
Yep, the aforementioned game of closet Yahtzee!
The Legendary Husband, aka the resident tech expert, is – much to my dismay – not a Mac person.
He does move closet shelves and stacks of stuff! And we have lots of that to do.
It’s helping! In its own way.
Not quite enough, though, to drown out the tune playing somewhere deep in my consciousness.
So, a couple of nights ago, I tried to make the disc happier.
I trashed a whole bunch of emails from the jungle of file folders in my virtual world. (I’ll pause while you laugh!)
Turns out, that wasn’t an entirely resourceful strategy!
First, it threw out things I didn’t mean to throw out, leading – as you probably guessed – to more anxiety!
Second, turns out that emails don’t live on the disc. They live in the cloud. And moving them didn’t change the temper tantrum the disc elves are having.
On to strategy B. (Which probably would have been better as strategy A!)
Questions!!! I’m good at those…
And my tech buddy, Veronica, is good at answers!
So, the wandering emails – the ones I feel like I need – are back.
And, the gizmo in the photo has magically appeared at my door.
The singing in my head has calmed down enough for me to notice the metaphorical irony in this story.
Like my closets and tech challenges, the current political nonsense feels both utterly unexpected and strangely predictable, depending on what sort of backstories are stashed in our personal maps of reality.
Blessedly, those maps can be edited!
Here’s what I’ve penciled into mine…
Ignoring the desperate threats to the America we deserve isn’t going to work.
You and I can’t do it all, but we CAN do many things!
An important thing we can do is be intentionally INTENTIONAL!
It doesn’t happen all in a moment. There’s a reason a typical Intentional Creativity® painting journey has about 13 different steps!
Step one is scrawling an actual intention – in words – on a big blank canvas which generally feels both terrifying and exciting.
It’s also kind of comforting, in the sense that there are 12 more layers to come and nobody will actually see the often non-artsy, self-revealing place where you started, by the time you’re done.
Step two, at least in my world, is often about release.
Big, spashy random strokes of the brush. And water. Lots of it. Tears, perhaps. Drips.
It’s cathartic. And freeing. And, if you’re anything like me, it helps. A lot!
By now, we have – amazingly – begun!
There’s more, of course. And, if you’re interested in the literal paint bit, I can help! In fact, stay tuned!
For now, please be gentle with yourself, where you are.
Shaming and blaming never helps!
And give yourself permission to experiment with ideas.
What COULD you do, in this moment, to claim your beliefs – your voice – around sovereignty and power for change?
Then, check back Sunday, because there are two more questions after that. Big, important ones!
Because ALL the littles are counting on us!
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