13 February, 2013

Space To Breathe

I  need space to breathe, it is vital for me to function properly!  Of course, breathing is vital; so is food, water and rest, I know that.  But, I have also come to learn that the way I am wired, the manner in which God made me, requires SPACE to breathe.  I think of breathing space and breathing room differently. The room required to breathe is within my body, as much area as it takes for my lungs to fill and expand; that's the literal definition for breathing room.  The more common "room to breathe" phrase is figurative; as in: "back off, I need room to breathe", when one feels boxed in or crowded.  When I proclaim that I need space to breathe the knowledge behind that statement comes from my requirement for tidiness and order.  If my desk is cluttered and my quilting projects are piling up and weighing me down, I cannot breathe;  I have lost the comfort and peace that space provides for me to make it through the day, I gasp away, one breath a a time.  Can I function in a cluttered and disorganized environment?  Yes, I can; but in the same way that someone might suffer through respiratory challenges it is a constant struggle and I find myself worn out and exhausted in no time. On days when that breathing space is compromised I feel tense, frazzled overwhelmed, and distracted, not a fun person to be around!  So, how do I go about creating that much-needed breathing space?  My challenge is an ongoing one. I began on Monday evening by cleaning off my desk, the place where I begin every day. I put away, or threw away, notes and clutter that were distractions and infiltrating my breathing space; the effect was immediate, I could exhale!  Next: my cutting table, I can only work on one project at a time so why am I looking at the pieces and debris from half a dozen UFO's that only overwhelm my senses? Much like weeding a garden, the noxious offenders were pulled and pitched.  I can, once again, take a deep breath and feel the peace that accompanies space to breathe. My challenge in the coming weeks will be to create space on my calendar, on my "to do" lists and, ultimately, in my daily routine; it is a deliberate and conscious step for me toward living "lighter" and less encumbered, which should equal space for breathing easier.  With God's help, I can thrive in that created space and be the woman that He had in mind. After all, He created me in this manner, I recognize that and gratefully request His guidance to lead me down the daily path; I've spent far too long cluttering up the way, leaving precious little space to breathe; the peace-giving space that I need!

Life is Good!

8 comments:

Janet O. said...

As always, wonderful food for thought, and great wisdom here!

45th Parallel Quilter said...

Oh my goodness, did your post hit home with me. I have been SHOVELING through masses of stuff from a recent move and it seems overwhelming and unending. I can't find things, get frustrated, seem like I am drowning, get angry, lash out at people who don't deserve it and because of all this I sit down and get NOTHING done ... I have spent days at a time just shuffling through papers and boxes trying to decide what to keep, what to get rid of, what to donate, etc. When I do get through an area it's because I decided to be ruthless and not "re-examine" what goes in the donation box ... sometimes taking it to the Goodwill or Women's Resource Center that very day so I can't change my mind. I understand what you're going through ... I need to breathe deeply, stop for a moment and move forward. THANK YOU!! Linda

jude's page said...

Wonderful post, lots of food for thought, the unfinished projects are stressing me, the clutter makes things hard to find, but the challenge is to find the time to sort through and finish things, when I need to keep working on customer (read paying) jobs!

Connie said...

Looks tidy and organized!

sandra said...

Is that desk Mr Goodneedle's handiwork? Looks very beautiful AND functional. I like the little drawers under the top. I also know what you mean by needing space. I am a very messy person, but am trying to remove the clutter to give me space. It's more out of sight out of mind with me because the clutter is not things I want to get rid of.

Quiltdivajulie said...

SO true . . . beautifully shared.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I thought I was the only one who felt this way. blessings, marlene

Karen said...

This post is true in my world as we speak - this is exactly where I am - a work in progress and when something is cleared out - the feeling is wonderful. Good luck on your journey.
Karen