14 In Midlife Crisis Fodder

Embrace the Insanity

Sometimes it’s better just to go with the flow.  Unfortunately, this is not always a skill set readily available in my life combat arsenal.

You see, I can be as laid back and easy going as a strung-out hippie on a three-day ganja high…so long as life’s happy interruptions do not interfere with my self-defined, mission critical objectives.

Yeah, I know.  You’re thinking, “And, that happens how often?”

Yep.  Almost never.  Which is why I spend way too many of my days beating my head against a never-ending stream of slamming doors, digging my claws nails in deep, and fighting like hell to keep things on plan.

I’d love to spin things and say I eventually let go and either let life have its way or, at least, try to “work with” life by modifying my plan.  The truth of the matter is, any readjustment is a mercenary tactic with a mindset of, “You might have won the battle, but the war’s still on.”

Seriously.  Tenacity must have been on sale ten-for-one when the Big Guy put together my pre-birth shopping cart.

All of the above said, I am please to report that I, Rhenna Morgan—certified nutcase expert in the ways of indefatigability—went with the flow last week.

I have to tell you guys…It felt un-freaking-tabulous!

After my Monday meltdown, I let myself fall off of the regular routine in pretty much every area.  I hopped on Facebook when I felt like it, worked out only twice (and without a death wish) and met friends for happy hour.

Now, you might think with such easy-going frivolity, I’d have bupkis to show for my time.  But, as you can see from my bright and shiny new website, I was actually quite productive.  *Pats self on back and saunters around*

So, my lesson for the past week, should I choose to learn it:  Discipline is good because it gets us where we want/need to be in the long term.  But periodic detours feed our souls with unexpected gifts to brighten the overall journey.

What about you?  Do you have any stories where you allowed yourself some wiggle room and came up with a delightful surprise?  Do you have a hard time balancing the art of discipline and a free-form lifestyle?

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    CJ Burright
    June 24, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Love the new web design! Yep, jumping off the life train tracks once in a while is a good step in keeping sane. Glad you took a jaunt into fun-land!

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    Christine Ashworth
    June 24, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Oh hon, how pretty! Excellent job my dear. Now relax, and go with the flow as much as you can. Even when doing stuff you *have* to do.

    Sending huge hugs!

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    Susan Jaymes
    June 24, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Gorgeous new site. I love it. Going with the flow? Yeah, I have a hard time with it too. I keep trying to let it all go once in a while.

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    Gretchen Wing
    June 25, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I can be pretty darn obsessive about getting my workout in–especially ’cause I work in a bakery and have very little self-control about eating what I bake. Yesterday a friend was visiting & we planned to run together before I headed off to work, but it was raining its *ss off, so we ended up just gabbing for an hour over tea and NOT FEELING GUILTY (hardly) AT ALL! Thanks for the reminder. And I love this font!

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    Karen McFarland
    June 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Wow! I love the new look girl! It feels good. The color is so retro. Yep, you were busy! Rhenna, who says we cannot go with the flo? Sometimes we need to do just that. Life is too chaotic. But this…this is amazing! You should be very happy with yourself! 🙂

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    Dave Stovall
    June 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    My detours seem to be less periodic and more frequent than should be. It’s a constant struggle.

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      June 25, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      I know what you mean. They’re addictive. All of a sudden you “wake up” and go, “hmmm…how did this lump develop under my butt on the couch?”

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    Dave Stovall
    June 25, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Oh, yeah. Nice new design!

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    Lynette M. Burrows
    June 25, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Nice site, Rhenna! And fantastic post. You are so right about slowing down once in a while actually speeds you up! One of life’s little paradoxes. 🙂

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      June 25, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks, Lynette. It was fun to do, for the most part. 🙂

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    June 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Hey! I hear ya, and this is something I needed to hear. Thanks for sharing! I like how the first page lists the blog posts with the images. Nice and eye catching.

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    Suzanne Vince
    June 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Good for you for taking some time for yourself. We all need a little “soul” food every now and then. And I love the new look!

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      June 28, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Oh, wow. That is NOT an image I should have in my head. LOL

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    Kim Richard
    July 15, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    It depends which way the “flow” is going for me.
    I am finding it easier now that the boys are grown and on their own.

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