When life keeps throwing things your way, you have two choices: deal with it or give in. Giving in isn’t in my or my wife’s nature, so we work through what hits us as best we can. This week our family helped get my mother set up in a skilled care facility as she continues on her journey into the last chapter of her life. We also had quite a bit of work to deal with at our understaffed theatre, including rehearsals, grant applications, and just the day to day that can often seem overwhelming.
Part of this is traveling back and forth to Richmond from our home in Winchester, which in and of itself is tiring. You know that feeling. You’ve got emails that need answering and you just can’t bear the thought of looking at them because you know you’ll have to deal with them and whatever else appears in your email inbox.
When things get that hectic and stressful, you take refuge where you can. For us, it turns out that fast food joints often become that port in a storm. When we need to get online and get work done, we whip out the MiFi card, quickly get to what we need to do, eat a bit of unhealthy food, and then move on to the next challenge. The good news about this is that when you can summon the energy to deal with the issues you have to, you have the capability to do so. While it may seem stressful in and of itself, it beats the nagging feeling that you need to get back to a computer or a connection in order to take care of something.