Dr Seuss is a source of much wisdom. His book “Oh the Places You’ll Go” is a firm favourite of mine. As I was reading it to my son a few nights ago I realised that at the moment I feel like I am in what he describes as “a most useless place. The Waiting Place……” I think I have been hanging out here for a while without realising. What is required now is to listen to Dr Seuss’ advice on the subject “No! That’s not for you! Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing.”
How did I come to be in the Waiting Place? A combination of circumstances really. Parenting a child who requires round the clock support and supervision, and who goes to school for, at most, 4 hours a day, cuts into the time available to ‘get things done’. It cuts into the ability to go out and be amongst the bright places. It removes the ability to commit to anything socially or in relation to employment, and it uses up so much energy that it is easier to lie on the bed reading trashy novels on a kindle than to use the time to play with fabric and make beautiful things.
But it is not all about parenting a beautiful boy with lots of needs. It is also about getting a bit lost along the way in terms to what I want for my business, what I want to provide for my family, and what I want for our future. I have had so many plans and visions of how to make my creative business a financial success – and then have to shelve those plans in order to focus on family issues. I provide consulting services to another business, and I enjoy that. I like the feeling of being part of a team, of being able to solve problems, of being valued. But in making that choice I have chosen to use my spare time to work for someone else on their business and not on my own. Do I regret that? No. Being involved in another business has been good for me on many levels, and I have been aware of the choices I have made at each point.
But it all means that I am sitting the dreary Waiting Place. Waiting to have that chance to build my own business, waiting for my son’s behaviour to be more manageable, waiting for other significant adults in his life to understand his needs, waiting to have time to do things that make me happy, waiting to be able to have a day off parenting, waiting to remember my identity outside of being a mother and daughter, waiting to find that bright place where Boom Bands are playing. Boring. Dreary. Blah.
All this is by way of a confessional/explanation about why I have this fabulous website, and beautiful branding, and exciting ideas….. and it is just sitting here. Waiting for a bit of love and attention. I am not quite sure what the next step is. There are so many options – I can reinvigorate the business that I love so much, let it sit until I have time, or admit defeat and walk away. The only person who can make these decisions is me. The only person who can stop all that waiting is me. I have been constantly busy working on the family/parenting stuff, but the business/me stuff? Not so much.
Might be time to take more advice from Dr Seuss when he says “You’ll get mixed up of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.”
Time to retune the Great Balancing Act that is my life. Time to read back over the blog to see what has reinvigorated me in the past. And time to remember that writing to you here is good for my soul.
To finish on a more positive note, Autumn is sneaking in very slowly this year on the farm. We haven’t required winter clothing yet and haven’t had to light the fire. But the colours are changing, and today we have had rain, so the feel of Autumn is slowly taking hold. The chicken coop has been cleaned out in preparation for cooler weather, the sheep are down in the home paddock eating the grass while we have it, and my parents have been busy gardening to keep our gardens looking beautiful.