Running on the Treadmill at Our Little House
Yesterday morning, our alarm went off at 4:30 and as usual, we laid there and snoozed until 4:45 when we heard Fred, our neighbor roar by on our usually quiet country road.
His wife moved here earlier this summer, but Fred has to commute back to the city every Monday to work.
It reminded me that it was time for us to finally quit hitting the snooze alarm to begin another week on the treadmill of life.
When we first moved here, Dale had to stay in the city, doing the weekly commutes until he could train his replacement on his old job and get confirmation that he was hired on his new one.
Dale only had to do that for three months but the treadmill didn’t stop, it only changed directions. Sometimes it seems like it goes too fast and we can barely keep up and find the balance between our work and rest.
This weekend was a beautiful one at Our Little House, the weather was perfect, if not a bit warm for October.
As he has for most weekends since his return to his old job at the boat factory, Dale worked Saturday. After he came home, we went to grab a bite to eat and hit the home improvement store.
Dale had a long list of projects he wanted to complete on Sunday, his only day of “rest” at home which included staining the deck, cleaning the stove flue and installing gutter guards. I had a long list of “to-do’s” as well that included finishing the clothes rotation, cleaning the cabinets and even doing some writing for deadlines I have this week.
Although Dale found what he needed at the store to embark on his projects and the weather was perfect, our ambitions were bigger than our energy levels.
We accomplished absolutely none of it.
As Fred broke the early morning silence on Monday morning during his long commute, I thought about everything we all do and have done to live our dreams and accomplish our goals. His speeding by, trying to make it to his job by 10 a.m. also reminded me that we’re not alone.
Finding a balance between the work and play, the running and the rest is always a challenge.
I’m wondering how others accomplish that balance and still find the energy to get things done?