Squeeze the balloon

Morning Pages on the patio. K reads from the Globe about a Martha’s Vineyard property formerly belonging to Jacqueline Kennedy’s estate. It just sold to a nonprofit for $27MM. Market value was $65MM. Yikes! Between that and the ongoing results of the Maine super spreader event, there is local head wagging news.

Haven’t done Morning Pages consistently for an age. Doing them now. Well, I was.

It’s an example of the ole squeeze the balloon theory on habit. I believe all that editing and rewriting on my Second Draft eclipsed the daily writing routine.

As Katie Porter recently insisted, “Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time.”

Do you have any good examples of squeezing the balloon — one elastic section pop out while another compresses?

17 thoughts on “Squeeze the balloon

  1. Acey

    sleeping/eating versus reading beyond the headlines. No matter how I squeeze that one I wind up paying a significant price

    1. deemallon Post author

      Sleeping has been a casualty of this time for me, too. I wish I could say eating has gone by the wayside, but alas! It doesn’t seem to work that way for me.

      1. Liz A

        yes … I’ve begun waking at 1 and 4 over the past couple of weeks … a sure sign of deep-seated anxieties

        and eating … when Covid first reared its head, I dropped five pounds in a week … it’s all come back now that we have weekly grocery deliveries of Haazgen Dazs chocolate peanut butter ice cream (among others things 😉

        the balloon theory is new to me …. gonna have to think on it a bit

      2. Acey

        they just all disgust me so much I literally can’t nourish myself if I give them more than glancing attention on a daily basis. Earlier in the administration I was eating everything not nailed down and then making more food. The impeachment “process” turned me all the way off. At this point my entire cavity of vital organs tremors around the edges just seeing one of their pictures.

        I grew up with this level of evil. I can’t not see it and also cannot not-see it for what it is.

        1. deemallon Post author

          I know what you mean about the tremor. Bill Barr is a particular trigger of late. I cannot bear to listen to him. Looking at him is hard enough.

  2. Joanne

    Reading and doing no home cooking- we have sandwiches, cold tomatoes and cheese (caprese) I stopped watching the news. Husband and I circle things in the newspaper. that Maine Wedding minister- he says it’s God’s will and true believers are safe. So, if you get sick or die- everyone can point fingers at the unbeliever. And…” it was the most beautiful wedding” 177 now, I think and still spreading. I live in Maine.

    1. deemallon Post author

      I thought about you reading the Globe’s coverage.

      You inspired me to make tuna melts today. Soooo good. I don’t have tuna often, but when it do, it’s delicious.

  3. Mo Crow

    watching the news from the other side of the world… just finished reading “Stasiland” by Anna Funder, an important book to read about the 40 years of social controls imposed on the people of East Berlin until the wall came down in 1989. I am very worried about the future of the USA (& our planet) if Trump is reelected.

  4. Michelle Slater

    I’m still focused on balancing. I get the news Via BBC and move onward to read about friends afar on blogs and face book and great thinkers and doers from all around the web, sharing them on Face book. Today I made the monthly bank trip and spent time at the Farm market. I nap at will as a part of my awakened practice of listening to my body with compassion and understanding. I would worry about the planet and our coming election, but it won’t help.

    1. deemallon Post author

      I love this: “I nap at will as part of my awakened practice of listening to my body with compassion and understanding.”

  5. ravenandsparrow

    oh yeah. I strive for balance but never reach it. Sleeping, eating, working, self-care and exercise….I am always going up and down.

    1. deemallon Post author

      Me too. For for instance for a while (a year?), I was tracking how many glasses of water I drank a day to make sure I drank at least five. I wonder why I stopped doing that?

  6. Nancy

    I’ve been here a few times, reading again and again. Eating, water drinking, sleeping and exercise…all wonky these days. I do have an excuse for the exercise part, but still. I do love Michelle’s self care ideas and I’ve been trying to be more respectful of self, especially since I’m home to nap!

  7. RainSluice

    I mainly sit between rage and grief then suddenly get slammed with the beauty of nature and humanity. I think that’s a “balloon” that blows up and then blows out, or is it two balloons? This makes me think of Piglet on Eeyore’s birthday. Another one is cooking and eating. Ground Turkey again? add: homemade almond flour fruit tarts for dessert. Another is morning pages that really have become a morning paragraph and a to-do list that I hope will catapult me out of my chair. The news is something I listen to on the TV while I create powerpoints that provide composites of visual prompts for remote meetings-for-learning. The news is background noise. I hate it and yet… I dare not hate it more.


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