Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Life from both sides

Today is just one of those days when I feel miserable and out of sorts in my body. Nothing feels effortless, everything feels like an arduous uphill climb. Even so, I will have to show up for not one, but three different meetings. One is a lunch appointment with a sociology professor my agent wants me to meet. She has an idea for a book that my agent thinks is promising but she needs help organizing and structuring it. My agent is interested in her ideas and wants me to help her whip them into shape. But my brain feels dull, my emotions are blah, and I'm just not in the mood to be insightful and smart about anyone's project right now. I will do my best, of course. I will show up.

The other two meetings are with contractors. My mother's apartment is being transferred to her grandchildren and I want to get it spruced up and ready for occupancy. This home repair imperative feels so overwhelming, not to mention expensive. I am seeking a contractor who will assess the job and say, Okay, I understand exactly what needs to happen here, I will provide all the necessary materials, and I will come in and complete the job in a day or two. This week. For a price that won't make you gag. I already had one contractor meeting this morning. That is definitely not what happened.

I'm heading out to my lunch meeting how. I hope it will be an encounter that leaves me feeling energized and thrilled to be in association with someone who has a passion for something. Because at the moment, I am sorely lacking in passion. I am as gray as this day.

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As it turns out, the woman I had lunch with today was fabulous and woke, and she has hired me to help her write her book proposal. So yes, the best happened, her passion flowed right into me, and I drank it up like a thirsty soul. And now I have another project, one that I can already see will have much to teach me, and life can be so darned good and right, even when you're struggling to put one foot ahead of the other. I keep forgetting that the trick is to not give in to the lie—to hold out for the possibility of better. The day has definitely improved. Our teachers are everywhere around us, and I believe I just had lunch with one of mine.

As for the contractors, the second one was quiet and meticulous and clearly knew what he was about. I was on the verge of hiring him, but then my cousin called me to say that, didn't I remember, one of our other cousins is a contractor, this is what he does for a living, and why didn't I call him and see if he might know someone who might give me a better price, or even do the job himself. And so now my cousin the contractor is going to paint the apartment and do all the plaster repair that's needed, and when I emphasized I'd pay him what the job is worth, he said, "You, my dear, get the family discount." Little by little we chip away at these problems that can seem like such mountains until we look, and look again.

Today has been educational in so many ways. Mostly, I need to stop hyperventilating and look for the solutions that are already there and waiting to be discovered. Or something like that.





13 comments:

  1. I hope your day goes well and your blahness goes away!!! :)

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  2. I have no words. Holding space for you.

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  3. Are you still draggy from being sick, maybe? I haven't been myself since this respiratory virus hit. And that was over two weeks ago! Take care of yourself when your day is finally over. And good luck with the projects.

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  4. I'm glad for you. It's nice to know that once in a while life works the way it's supposed to.

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  5. Amazing. From there to here.

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  6. Sometimes you just have to show up. Life can be so surprising!

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  7. I think you are 3 or 4 hours ahead of me so your day is winding down. I hope this Christmas moment finds you in your pyjamas and relaxed. Sleep well, Angella.

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  8. Beautiful. This gives me hope!

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  9. I too need to remember not to give in to the lie. So glad your day was better than anticipated.
    Xoxo
    Barbara

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  10. Wonderful coincidence with your cousin, hope that one puts your mind to rest.
    And I meant to say earlier that this mornings photo was simply beautiful - no need to always smile.

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  11. As my friend Carrie Link always says, "There are no accidents."

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  12. What a great post! A terrific contrast between the way we sometimes THINK things are and the way they really are. A good reminder for all of us!

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  13. Congratulations you beautiful woman! I got the taxicab selfie for some reason, so glad I did, it's a beautiful shot. Ain't life a wild ride?
    Up and down and nothing for it but to hang on and sometimes don't hang on and just lift your arms up and sway. XOXO

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