Or How the Universe helped me to do only one thing at a time.
A while back I was venting/complaining/sharing about how I multi-task constantly!
At this point I’m more likely to read on my laptop than my Kindle, because I can knit while reading on my laptop! Seriously the multi-tasking has gone too far.
Anyway, I guess I inadvertently “asked” the universe for help with my multi-tasking issues, because I now have a two-year-old. It is very difficult to multi-task with a two-year-old around.
I have never taken care of a child this young, and typically we aren’t licensed for under three years old, but with the foster care crisis in Arizona, we got special permission. And now I have a two-year-old.
He is very sweet, and smart, and I adore him, and he is “helping” me break my multi-tasking habit. Well, at least tone it down. Now that he’s been with me a while, I can do simple things while watching him, but most of the time I need to focus on him.
Part of me is happy to have the forced break. Of course, my writing routine is shot to hell, but I am working on a new one.
Now to help you all avoid the dreaded “Be careful what you wished for you just might get it,” I offer my standard procedures before praying/visualizing/asking for ANYTHING.
I sit down with pencil and paper. I state very clearly and out loud. “This is a rough draft. I am not asking for anything at this time.” Then I write down what I want.
“Dear Buddha, I would like a pony.”
I look it over, is there any way this can bite me in the ass? Do I have a sick relative with ponies? If he dies would they be left to me? Can I care for a pony? Do I want a pony or just the stable boy?
All good questions. Once answered, re-write, still in pencil and stating that this is a rough draft only!
“Dear Buddha, I would like to be able to ride horses more frequently. I want to find the time in my current schedule, and I would like enough money to be able to pay the rental fees. I ask this for my good and the greater good of those I know.”
Yes, yes, it is spiritual/ metaphysical legal speak, but trust me, it’s important.
Once you have written and re-written your request, have someone else read it over. This should be someone who loves you and doesn’t want a horse trailer to crash into your house in order to fulfill your wish.
Once you have a final copy, write it on nice paper in pen, then pray/meditate/visualize what you want. Add it to your vision board, altar, scrap book.
Good luck. And remember: be very clear about what you wish for and what you are willing to give up in order to get it!
I asked God for patience a long time ago. Yeah, you know what I got… LOL.
LOL. Me too, Julie, me too.
LOL- yep Julie I know exactly what you got- I’m sorry but I know you’re strong enough to make it through!
What a beautiful baby boy to love and learn from. Enjoy the moments. 🙂
Thank you- I’m learning a lot and the doing one thing at a time is good for me.
Aw, what an adorable two-year-old! Bravo, Alicia, for being a foster parent! Two-year-olds definitely put a damper on one’s writing time. Hopefully he’ll take long naps for you. I’m now caretaker of my grandson, almost 14 months, for nine hours a day. So the blogging, all social media, and writing has taken a big hit, but I’m a children’s author. And the thing I love more than writing for children is being around children, especially my grandchildren. I’m blessed with two so far, but don’t see my granddaughter as often as I’d like. A few years ago I wished for oodles of grandchildren. With four grown kids (three are married), I think I’ll get what I wished for. Now to wish for the perfect way to juggle it all!
How wonderful that you are able to care for your grandson! Balance is a very tricky thing I wish you lots of luck in finding time and energy to balance it all!