PANDEMIC LIFE LESSON FROM A SMASHED CHILLI BOTTLE

My hubby is known within our friendship circle for his incredible homemade chilli… It’s THAT good… I can’t tell you the exact recipe (because I don’t know it) but I do know that it takes a lot of chopping, a lot of time and a very careful chilli-selection to make it as flavoursome and delicious as it is… He makes a super hot one for himself, but a much milder specialized one for the previous ‘non-chilli eater’ me…

A few weeks ago, after waiting quite a while to find the perfect chillies for my milder version, the food art was created… A beautiful full bottle…

I was clearing the table after dinner one night, and in my usual style, I tried to load up all the ‘return- to-fridge’ contents in one tall tower between my hands… Chilli bottle right on top…

I actually saw it happening just before it did… (You know exactly where this is going…)

As I reached to open the fridge, the tower collapsed… the Chilli bottle smashed into smithereens on the tiled kitchen floor…(Smithereens: Those completely impossible minuscule glass shards that disappear between the tile grooves and get stuck in unsuspecting toes the next day!)

All my hubby’s hard work lay in a squished up, unsalvageable splattered heap on the cold kitchen floor… I am not sure who was more devastated between the two of us… His hard work lay in a mess… I had lost a fresh long-awaited delicacy and faced a mammoth amount of vastly ‘spread out’ cleaning up…

What a valuable life lesson…especially as the wheel of 2021 really gets turning… A simple strategy in the face of the chaos of yet another pandemic year…

When we try and load too many ‘to-do’s’ on our towers, it’s inevitable that somethings going to fall… And when it does, it’s likely going to leave us with a splattered mess and potentially cut-up toes…

We just can’t do it all this year my friends… Allow yourself the compassion to breathe more… to move slower… to take life at a different pace… Find the courage say ‘No’ to all of the perhaps ‘typical’ expectations of yourself… Perhaps to others expectations of you… Do one thing at a time… Have the resolution to put down the parts of life’s tower that unbalance you and cause instability…

Move one step at a time… Breathe one breath at a time… One…

“It’s not that we have too little time to do the things we want to do, it’s that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have.” (Gary Keller)

We can’t rush the ‘clearing’ of the 2021 pandemic table… We don’t have the energy to constantly be cleaning up messed chilli…

Keep your darting, stressed, tired eyes straight ahead…

Just one thing at a time… Focus only on that… No more… Only on the very… next… one… ♥️

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