In Responsive Mode

I may be a perfectionist. Yes, I’ll admit to it, but I’ve tried watering that down with, ‘I’m picky, or particular’. None of those words sound very complementary, but they are a part of who I am.

I’ve stopped drinking coffee first thing in the morning. Make sure you read that entire sentence, because Barb has no plans of dismantling the coffee bar and giving away her gadgets. It’s taken years to acquire each and every one of them, and to learn how to not only use, but appreciate their performance.

This morning I chose the French press.

But let’s back up a little bit to the comment of not drinking coffee first thing anymore. I drink water instead. This morning I woke up very early and walked through the house drinking my water. I noticed the birdfeeder hanging outside the window, and how it still bothers me it doesn’t hang in the center of the window. (Yes, I bought another one, but that’s another story all on it’s own.)

When I brought the feeder home from the store, I just hung it on an existing hook. The hook was off center and it held the feeder, but it’s bothered me ever since. This morning, I stepped outside to retrieve the feeder, but couldn’t reach it from the front porch. I remembered using a small ladder to hang it there, so I haven’t had any coffee, but I’m going to climb a ladder before dawn. That’s when I heard myself grumble ‘perfectionist.’

The lengths I go to, to line everything up in my life.

Yesterday, I noticed the kitchen island off center of the lines in the tile floor. That was an easy fix because the wheels weren’t locked in place tightly enough, but that’s what I do, I notice when things are off center and then figure out how to fix it. The birdfeeder was an easy fix too. The scariest part was climbing a 3 foot ladder that early in the morning, but I got the feeder down, moved the hook to the center of the window, and now it’s centered.

Two hours later, I sat down at the kitchen table with a fresh cup of coffee and began to type. It’s nice to know I don’t have to drink coffee to start my day, or to successfully climb a ladder and move a feeder. I can look at coffee more like a treat to be savored after drinking my water. My morning devotional reminded me of what each day should look like. It’s okay to have perfectionist tendencies, but I’ll never be perfect and that’s okay too.

“I have prepared this day for you with the most tender concern and attention to detail. Instead of approaching the day as a blank page you need to fill up, try living in responsive mode; being on the lookout for all that I’m doing. This sounds easy, but it requires a deep level of trust, based on the knowledge that My way is perfect.”-Jesus Calling by Sarah Young-March 10th.

Instead of using the word ‘perfectionist’, I’ll just tell myself, “I’m in responsive mode.” That sounds better! Have a beautiful day lovelies. This is Barb, signing off for today, in responsive mode.

7 Comments

  1. Ah Im exactly the same and am constantly straightening things up to be in line with other things. I even do it with the leaflets at a checkout in a shop. Crazy. I have also for the past couple of years started the habit of drinking a glass of water before my morning tea. It has just become a natural thing to me now and Im quite sure it has its benefits.

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    1. Right? There must be something to it because you can feel when things are off center. It makes me off center! Lol Needless to say we live clutter free lives. Drinking water first thing in the morning helps awaken your body naturally. A squeeze of lemon is a nice addition. Thank you for sharing. xx

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  2. First off, the VRBO I am staying at didn’t have a French press. Thankfully I can get one delivered 😉

    I love that you chose the word responsive rather than reactive. To respond requires a measure of grace and composure for the situation….A behavior this recovering perfectionist has been cultivating. ❤️

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    1. You can get one delivered and I hope you did just that! I don’t think the vacation rentals have caught on to the more meaningful method of making coffee. Every one we’ve stayed at either has an automatic maker, or a Keurig. Like we’re supposed to continue to hurry through this life. Thank you lovely. Let’s continue on with our cultivating. ❤

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