I’ve been drawing house plans lately, and it always sort of amazes me how many different things you can do with the same amount of space. There is just something so satisfying about beginning with a blank screen and ending with something that is a home for someone.
I started drawing this time because when we went out in the woods and staked out the house according to my original plan, it just didn’t fit. There is this beautiful huge beech tree that we want in front of the house, and a couple of nice oaks that we want to leave there, and by the time we moved over to spare those, we were too close to the property line. Since I love the planning, that wasn’t really a problem–I didn’t mind heading back to the drawing board.
But when I tried to change the house from a long rectangle to a more square shape, there were several difficulties. We wanted to keep the same basic arrangement, but squashing rooms one way and stretching them the other just doesn’t always work. When you change something in one room, it changes another room, and when you fix that, it’s messed up another room, and so on.
I just had to think that my time is a lot the same way. There are only 24 hours in a day, and if I spend time on one thing, it takes time away from another. If I pack too many things into my day, I have to take away from my sleep time, which is sort of like the exterior walls. You can push them out a little bit, but there’s a limit!
If I add some extra time (or square feet) somewhere else, it doesn’t necessarily fit the same way or work as well. Sometimes you end up with awkward spaces that have no function in one spot, while at the same time there’s hardly room to turn around in the bedroom. And if I have wasted time early in my day, I end up with a mad scramble to finish everything later. Which definitely sums up my general day.
So, for you “Life is like a box of choklits” folks, …No, life is like a house plan!
PS Aha! Today in addition to two Narnia ads, I also have one for phone psychics. ooookay. Definitely of major interest to me…not. Do you suppose it picked up on the word Spirit yesterday? hmmm. Which reminds me, I was going to write more about that. Ah, well, I’m out of time.