Then I returned home. I was down for a week in spite of being back with people I love. There is such a big difference between properly responding to and handling “everyday life” and a vacation where your biggest problem is what to wear each day.
The following week I came back to a balance between wishing I was on vacation and accepting the fact that I was at home needing to deal with things that came my way each day. As the time has gone by, I have become more comfortable with “everyday life” and have also remembered to honor the fact that it is summer. I went on a picnic with friends, to a concert in the park, and to the ocean.
I hosted a great fundraiser for Water Underground, a 501c3 that has built 11 wells in Mozambique and will be building the next one starting this summer. We earned about $1000.00. This charity is run by a 35 year-old man who had previously volunteered in Darfur and experienced some difficult and heart wrenching times while fulfilling his passion of helping people less fortunate than himself. Justin has had numerous cases of malaria, yet he continues to work passionately helping people by providing them with water, teaching them about hygiene, and helping girls go to school. In each village where a well is built there is also a garden project making food available for the families that live there. Prior to the wells being built, women had to walk miles to bring polluted water home to use.These villages are very poor and do not have electricity.
Because I am a professional organizer I feel the need each time I share to say something about how to be and stay organized. And what I’m learning is that for all of us, the very organized like myself and the less organized like so many of the people that I work with, it is a process. There are baby steps involved. There is the need to balance. Life is not on a smooth path. There are ups and downs; there are successes and failures. And there are vacations and “everyday life”.
I hope anyone reading this is enjoying the summer months and also finding a little time to put the groceries away when you bring them in and to put that piece of paper back in the file cabinet. And remember summer can be a time to put a little less stress on yourself.