You’ve seen in a recent post where I’ve talked about the seasons of learning, healing and recovering. That is what season we are in right now. For both my husband and I, this is the hardest part. While my husband is doing the healing and recovering part, I’m doing the learning part and taking on a lot more around the house than I ever have before. For example, trash and recycling have always been Scott’s job. Well now that it’s my job for a while, I’ve forgotten twice! By the time I remember the trucks have already been by. Also, shoveling snow has primarily been my husband’s job. But for the rest of the snowy season, it will be my job. Likewise, my enthusiasm for more snow is lacking.
I think we naturally like being busy and fruitful. I say fruitful because you can be busy, but not productive or fruitful and there is a big big difference. Right now we aren’t doing many productive things, and it feels so wrong. But I have to keep reminding myself that this time is necessary. It’s necessary for my husband to have this time of healing so he doesn’t have any traumatic setbacks down the road. It’s necessary to learn the things you need to learn so that you’ll be successful when you finally implement them.
There’s also that never-ending to-do list outside of what you actually try to spend the majority of your time on. There’s the family to take care of and the house to maintain, and often the upkeep with both family and house takes the majority of your time. So when four days have passed before you’ve checked your email and you have 300 messages waiting for you, it can be overwhelming. I often think working from home is harder than working outside the home. I feel like I have three full-time jobs that I have to fit within 18 hours a day logistically. You really can’t say 24 because you have to sleep at some point.
I will get better at this balance thing, though. In all the stages of motherhood I’ve been in, I’ve been the busy multi-tasking mom that has to keep up with working from home and being here in the present for my family. I’ve done it for almost 8 years now, yet I’m still not a pro at it.
Since the next five weeks will still be a season for healing and learning….and patience. I have to ask, what season are you in? Do you know?
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