There is so much to do
Friday, August 02, 2019
I feel like, compared to forty years ago, that I have more stuff to manage, now that I'm retired, not less. And, because I travel between the East and West Coasts a couple times a year, those things seem frequently to happen at the place where I'm not. For example, a water stain showed up in our place near DC and we're working with local folks to determine where it came from. Paperwork about who's responsible, getting estimates of the extent of damage and cost of repairs, more paper about whose insurance is involved. In essence this is not a big deal. Little harm. But annoying in a big way.
Annoyance, as I see it, is not a feature of the thing that's annoying. It's a feature of my response to the thing that's annoying, and that, I understand, is under my control. So being annoyed is sort of my own fault, and, yes, I'm shedding those feelings when they arise, and I try to just focus on what needs to be done.
Simultaneous unrelated good news: we're having dinner with an old friend tonight, traveling to her place in a lovely part of California. And tomorrow we host several family members for a night at our own place, and have a chance to show them around some of the local sites, and cook dinner on the grill. Planning yet another party for several weeks from now. So there is much to be pleased with, and it's just as important to let myself be pleased as it is to avoid being annoyed.
The world is what you make of it, I guess...