Simultaneous chemo and radiation is surprisingly exhausting. It’s forcing me to get real about what I can and can’t do. I’m a slow learner but I’m on an ironic fast track, meaning the more I try to do, the less I can get done.
Sometimes that’ll happen with organizing and decluttering too. I talked to a lady at a senior center once who listened to me tell the group about the decluttering for 20 minutes a day thing. Afterwards she came up and kindly asked what I’d recommend for someone whose physical condition meant they needed to save all their energy for preparing food and eating. I said, can you do two minutes a day? She thought she might be able to do that.
ANY effort you can put into getting things moving will help, and if it’s simply taking the trash out every day so it doesn’t build up, do that and then consider the day a huge decluttering success. You’ve stopped things getting worse, you’ve set the intention.
In that spirit, I’ve decided to cut myself some slack – I’m great at helping others be kind to themselves, maybe it’s time to start practicing what I preach. For the month of October, I’ll be posting here if and only if I can. If I get a sudden burst of energy, I’ll pop back in and say hello. But I’ve found that posting and then sharing (and checking) on social media leads me to spend precious energy I need to conserve for staying strong during this cancer treatment. My last radiation session is Halloween, appropriately enough. Give me a week after that, and I reckon I’ll be ready to start writing again.
I’ll still really enjoy reading your Send it away Saturday stories and will most likely still post October’s Longmont Times-Call column here. For those of you who like to email me directly or comment here on the blog, please don’t stop. It makes my day to hear from you.
Until November then. I leave you with something to read, something to do, and something to ponder while you’re waiting.
- READ: There are 303 previous posts about decluttering and organizing right here. If you need a dose of inspiration before November, just keep scrolling down the page.
- DO: Please consider making these easy chocolate chip mint cookies by Tyler Capps at Cooking Comically. My kids are hoovering these cookies up.
- PONDER: What could you give up so you have more energy for the things you really need to do?
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