She went to school in no angelic mood. Her cheek was swollen and her face ached. The schoolroom was cold and smoky, for the fire refused to burn and the children were huddled about it in shivering groups. Anne sent them to their seats with a sharper tone than she had ever used before." L M Montgomery
So began the chapter entitled "A Jonah Day" from the much loved book Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
|The view across the road from the Vet.|
Well I had my own Jonah Day yesterday. It started off fine. However when I started the car to drive Banjo to the vet (it was a Jonah Day for him too) I realised we were already late for the appointment - with a 20 minute drive still in front of us. What had happened? I said to my husband as we drove off that the large clock in the lounge room must be in need of a battery change.
Thankfully the Vet was not fazed by Banjo being half an hour late and we were still able to drop him off for his procedure.
Back home though, I forgot to check whether the clock in the lounge was keeping the right time. It was 11 o'clock before I realised that the clock was an hour and a half behind. I had lost most of my morning!
Then when I went to organise that night's dinner. On my menu plan was an easy crockpot recipe, Salisbury Steak. First problem I didn't have enough Soup and Sauce mix left for the recipe. While making another batch of Soup and Sauce mix I accidentally added self-raising flour instead of corn flour. So I had to throw that batch out. Then I discovered I had icing sugar in two canisters. So while I was putting both lots together into one canister I managed to spill icing sugar everywhere. The morning continued like that one small misadventure after the other. By the time I had dinner cooking I was trying to decide whether to press on with the other things I was going to do that day or whether I should just go back to bed and pull the covers over my head!
Well as Marilla told Anne in the story "You take things too much to heart, Anne. We all make mistakes. . .but people forget them. And Jonah days come to everybody."
I think my real problem yesterday that I had lost time because of the slow clock in the lounge room. As a result I felt uptight regarding all the things I wanted to get done before going to pick Banjo up from the Vet. I was rushing and doing too many things at once. As a result my outer world began to reflect my inner world of chaos. The state of my kitchen was a perfect out-picturing of the state of my mind.
|This is the view taken down beside the Vet surgery.|
So I decided to keep plugging away, but slow down. To try and be mindful - in the sense of being completely present in the task I was doing. I also decided that some of the things I had scheduled would easily hold over to another day. The only real pressure on me to do those tasks yesterday was my own. Once again I had to re-learn the need to release control.
"Well, never mind. This day's done and there's a new one coming tomorrow, with no mistakes in it yet, as you used to say yourself."