First published in August 2010, this is the tale of a half-painted, mismatched Purple wall …
Had I known the lesson it would teach me, this goddess would have attended to it sooner.
(transcript added below)
So pray tell, Sweet Readers, what metaphorical Half-painted walls do YOU have in your life?
And how would the energy flow if you … you know, actually dealt with them???
Bliss-ings, dahlings (and don’t forget to opt-in!)
The goddess known as Jacqui
I am the Goddess is known as Jacqui Gates . Today I’m going to tell you the epic revelation that I got from my purple walll. Yes, you heard me.
The toilet wall in my bathroom is painted purple, a delicious lavender color.
When I was painting that particular wall, I ran out to paint about three feet up. Sooo I went all the way to the hardware store, matched the paint, came back and finished it.
First thing next morning, I sit down on the loo, look at the wall and notice that it’s two different shades. This is very annoying, but I was too busy to do anything about it and it got put off. And put off. And put off.
Now we are selling the house, so now I have to get this wall done. It took me probably 15 minutes to repaint. The following morning I sat down on the loo, noticed that the wall was all one color and there was the sense of … *sigh.
The interesting thing was that I hadn’t realized how seeing that incomplete wall, every single morning, first thing in the morning and last thing at night, was eating away at me.
It would start the little voices, even sometimes really quietly, (to the extent that I wouldn’t pay much attention to them), but they were there.
Saying things like, “There’s another thing you haven’t finished. There’s another thing that needs to be done. Another thing on your to do list. Another thing that’s half done, incomplete.”
All these things going on in my head.
This was like a physical manifestation of an incompletion. Something half done. And I hadn’t realized, until it was done, just how much it took the edge off the optimism of the day, how much of my attention it would grab first thing in the morning. It wasn’t until it was done that I realized that it did eat away at me.
This is very interesting because we all have incompletions that lie around and chew up bits of our enthusiasm, and chew up bits of our attention, until such time as everything becomes too much of an effort because you have so much incomplete or so much that needs to be done, that the idea of taking on something new, like a blogging challenge or starting a home business, or simply revving up your home business so maybe you can go on a great holiday at the end of the year, these things just become too much effort.
So this has been an enormous revelation for me.
The other thing is that it really took me no more than half an hour get that thing finished.
It was just a case of laying down the dropcloths, stirring the paint, painting that little bit of wall and getting it done.
It really wasn’t much effort, but the pay off the next morning was enormous. When I turned the light on and it was done!
What have you around you that is incomplete? What have you got lying around that is half-done?
Just think how you’d feel tomorrow morning, if you came down the stairs, out of your room, or when you opened your eyes first thing in the morning and that little niggly thing was DONE. You could scratch it off your list. It doesn’t have to hold any more of your attention.
This is most uplifting feeling when you’ve been swamped by incompletions.
So my challenge to you is to make a list of your incompletions and work on them. Get a few of them done this week so that you can go into the weekend ready to enjoy some free time.
You don’t have to spend every weekend cleaning or tidying or finishing off stuff.
You will be able to make use of your free time because it will be free. You could build a business. You could learn a new skill. You could go to the park with your kids.
These are the things that when you’ve got your incompletions under control, you’ll be free to enjoy.
I hope you have a goddess-worthy day.
I’ll talk to you next time.