Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Out of Step

You've heard that quote, "Life is not about fitting in, but about standing out", I'm sure. Well, apparently I've taken that to heart.

Or maybe it's less that I "stand out" and more that I am always running to catch up with those who are "in".

I miss deadlines regularly. I say I'll call and then I forget to do so. I hear about an event or happening a week after it happens. It's not that there's something "wrong" with me, I think, it's just that I'm out of step with everyone else.

I think I'm particularly aware of this today because I MISSED the deadline to get my ds enrolled in our local community college. Now, it's not the end of the world because he's only a sophomore and these would be dual credit classes, but that's not the point. The point is that I INTENDED to do something and I DIDN'T! He's not upset...overly, though he was looking forward to this new adventure and is disappionted. Argh!

I'm assigned to help with my church welcome team. Invariably I check the calendar a week or two AFTER I was scheduled and weeks before I'm scheduled again. Missed it.

I also help with the student ministry as a sort of "presence" since ours is so large. Same thing. I miss my assigned days.

Meetings? Same. I had a teleconference meeting with some folks from our bible quiz group last night...forgot all about it. Missed it.

I do this all the time!

Forgetfullness? Out of Step? I don't know, but I can tell you it's really frustrating...not only to ME, but those around me.

None of us want to be sheep, but just every now and then I'd like to blend in just a bit better than I do currently. I don't want to be "that mom".


Storybook Woods said...

Thank you for the wonderful comment. No, I don't think it will be too hard to make a cape. :) Auberne' Ancalimon

Gumbo Lily said...

"That Mom" she any relation to "That Girl?" (remember Margo Thomas?)


Janice Campbell said...

I had to smile at this post-- I tend to be very out-of-step as well. I think it comes from living in the present and enjoying the life we have. It's so easy to get absorbed in the joys of home, family, and creative projects, and forget that we have to do other things as well!

Because I do have things that must be done, I have learned to never, ever make an appointment or plan without writing it on a planner AND on my Google calendar right that minute (which means that my planner is wherever I am in the house, which may seem obsessive, but trust me-- it's necessary!).

Every evening before bed, and every morning when I get up, I look at the planner to see what I'm forgetting;-). My Google calendar also sends a reminder to my e-mail box every day to tell me what is coming up. That way, if I don't make it to something, it's a conscious choice, rather than an accident. Some of us need all the help we can get;-).