One of the most valuable things I am learning is not to put myself under pressure.
It is exhilarating, of course, to meet a deadline.
But it is also satisfying to prepare in advance and that is usually possible.
The adrenalin rush should be reserved for crisis situations, not used for daily competence.
Growing up and raising children put me and them under all sorts of deadlines.
Now that I have time to look at all of that frantic life, I can see it would take a new philosophy to act differently.
So I am developing one.
All the things which we do separately can be done in a small co-operative setting.
Small groups of four to six families can cover all the bases, earning income, cleaning house, grocery shopping and meal preparations, gardening (for fresher and healthier food) and lawn care, childcare and homework supervision, after school activities transportation, repair work, laundry.
The time of neighborliness is not past, but it does need to be renovated, since we are all so used to isolation with all of our time-saving appliances.
A good routine and schedule also helps a lot, as do services which perform all our needs.
But, it could help remove a significant amount of pressure once the new model of small cooperative groups is worked out.
© 2017 Kathryn Hardage