Going round in small circles

Have you ever heard the expression going round in circles or going round in small circles?  I have even heard going round in ever decreasing circles.  This makes me wonder whether they are concentric or whether a spiral is being described inaccurately.

After that detour into the English language, allow me to lead you to the thoughts I really want to express.

Life is complex in the western world.  Adults have to look after themselves and any dependents, unable to take care of themselves.  Then there are jobs to be done inside or away from the home (assuming they are fortunate enough to have one).  Fitting essential tasks into the time available is a daily challenge for many people, especially those balancing the demands of a busy home and work.

Then there is retirement.  Many people have to manage all their time without any regular appointments for the first time for as long as they can remember.  This may be particularly difficult for those whose jobs involved doing everything to a routine or timetable.  They wake up in the morning and have nowhere they are expected to be at a particular time.  Adjustments are required.

Freedom to do exactly as we like is something that many of us believed as youngsters to be an ideal situation.  In retirement it can be a challenge for some.

Oban with McCaig's Tower

Oban with McCaig’s Tower – a circular structure

So where do the circles I mentioned at the beginning fit in?

I find that there are certain tasks, which have to be done to preserve a level of cleanliness and nutrition.  Then there are pastimes (such as puzzles, which are supposed to help maintain mental capacity) and exercise (in the form of walks in the open air, for example) creative activities (such as knitting, sewing, writing, making music or art) and groups (joined to pursue an interest and for socialising).  At times I feel as though I am repeating the same activities over and over again, while there may be other things, which I should be doing and am neglecting.  It is easy to ignore tasks, which need doing to do something easier or more enjoyable.  Even within an activity it is possible to concentrate on the easy parts and ignore a project or work in progress, which is really more important to us.  So I continue to produce blog posts, which hardly anyone notices, while the book I intend to knock into shape and publish remains half-forgotten.  This is partly because there are aspects of the process, which are difficult and new to me and partly because blogging has become a habit.  I am still interested in it.  To break out of my usual patterns of behaviour and do something new will require some effort and determination.  I need to examine where I am going round in small circles and see how I can change unhelpful patterns of behaviour.

How about you?

Advertisements