Sometimes we need the reminder to “leave well enough alone” and be content with what we have. I have blogged for a couple of months now, and I admit to emerging signs of blog envy. Yes, I coveted the cosmetic look and structure of other blogs. I started critically looking at my blog and the theme I selected when so new to the blog world (not that I am seasoned yet), and started second-guessing the look, the format, the widgets . . . really, procrastination in the evening can be an evil influence. That to-do list did not scream loudly enough, “leave well enough alone, Kat.” Instead, after previewing numerous different themes, I tossed the evening’s household and office task lists aside, and hit “activate.”
“We need much less than we think we need.”
~ Maya Angelou
Mercy me! What did I do!? But, instead of listening to the little voice inside that said, “it’s not too late, you can still go back,” I forged ahead, trying to mold my little creative outlet into its new theme — somewhat similar to trying to squeeze my 40-something old hips into a size 2 pencil skirt (truly, you do not want to try to visualize that . . . ). Pages somehow were merged or disappeared, and that light, attractive font did nothing to change the content of my blathering. I spent an inordinate amount of time mussing and fussing, until the to-do list finally screamed, “LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE, KAT.” After tackling the essentials of the delinquent to-do list, the lights went out for the night at 2:00 a.m. on a “school” night, as I was painfully reminded when the alarm went off this morning (no need to comment on my lack of good choices throughout this whole transaction, as even my night owl tendencies knew this was not a wise way to start the week).
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
My still-adolescent blog was only slightly bruised in this process, with some bits changed and never to return again, while the remainder was more knowledgeable for the painful transformation and journey back to itself — much like our own adolescence. I heeded the tired, patient voice in my head that said, “leave well enough alone, Kat,” as I finished up my lunch break. Welcome back, Theme Twenty-Eleven, my old friend.
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”
~ Lao Tzu
And so ends Kat B’s Weekly Reflection of Gratitude.
Ciao! ~ Kat B.