When I read the prompt for this week's Think Write Thursday post, it made me chuckle. How I stay positive when it feels like everything is going wrong. Because ... well. This has been my daily struggle for a while now. Y'know?
So much going wrong.
So many attempts to stay positive.
So many ways this blog post could go.
Like . . . I could write about meditation and mindfulness practice. (Because that helps. A lot.) Or I could write about journaling. (Because that is essential for my well-being.) Or I could write about the power of a good workout. (Because pushing your body is powerful and sweat is GOOD.) Or I could write about knitting or weeding or drawing. (Because those activities are grounding and help me find my center.)
But, instead . . . I'm going to write about Ziploc bags.
You see, somewhere back in time - probably college; maybe earlier - when I first started dealing with time management issues and that feeling-like-everything-is-going-wrong thing - I came up with a sort of Scarlet O'Hara tomorrow-is-another-day approach to dealing with things.
Stick it in a Ziploc.
Yep. Just stick that thing/idea/future to-do item/problem in a Ziploc bag. Seal it up nice and tight. And store it in your brain.
The trick? Keep. It. Sealed. Do NOT let it out.
And, just like real Ziploc bags of real stuff in your real life, that thing/idea/future to-do item/problem will just sit there in your brain.
And you can open that Ziploc bag whenever you are ready. Or when it is time. (Or somewhere between 2:30 and 4:00 am, when the seals, sadly, tend to be at their weakest.)
I'm not talking about denial here. I'm just talking about compartmentalizing. When things/ideas/ future to-do items/problems are overwhelming and when it feels like they're all closing in on you and you just can't manage . . . that's when it's time to do a little sorting-and-storing.
Fill up your Ziploc bags with things that you really can deal with/think about/do LATER -- so you can deal with the more immediate issues NOW.
It works for me!