A few weeks ago our basement flooded.
It turned our beautiful family room into a smelly cesspool of evil (as the partner lovingly referred to it). The carpet padding was soaked and had to be ripped out, and the smell was horrendous. After calling in the folks to find and repair the leak, I was told that a bookshelf had to be removed...but it was easy. I only had to pull the edging off, then slide out the bookshelf. This would give the workers access to the space they needed to repair.
And it was easy to remove the bookshelf.
Only it didn't give them access.
And so the other bookshelf had to be removed. The bigger one. The one filled with games and books and numerous other odds and ends. And it was the end of a very long weekend.
I felt the specter of overwhelmed tears approaching quickly.
And then the partner had another idea...an idea that let us rest tonight and face the task another day, but was still workable and sensible. And I was amazed. I was amazed at how simple it was, yet how ingenious.
It made me realize that it is so easy to get stuck in a thought...so stuck that you don't see the other options that are literally right in front of you. It made me once again face a pattern that I am challenging in my life...the one where I put my head down and push forward, never bothering to look up to see where I am, where I've been, what I've accomplish, or even if I want to keep going in the same direction.
But I'm learning.
Because this time, when given a new idea--a new option--I took it. I let go. I realized that I could make another choice...one that would actually fulfill my values so much better.
Yep...I'm learning. And that feels pretty damn good from where I'm sitting...which is, by the way, on my sofa. : )