Working my way through the day

Getting it done…

Yesterday was a great day. Despite starting to come down with a cold, I made some major progress on one of my projects, solving some very tough problems which have literally stopped me from moving forward. I came up with three different solutions for hurdles that have been stopping me — and keeping me guessing and recalculating for weeks, now — and they’re all good. I thought them through. I took my time. And I figured it all out.

All it took was getting started, and not giving up.

It sounds easy enough, but it’s the hardest thing. I tend to get up in my head and get stuck there, analyzing and over-analzying everything — analysis paralysis, to so say. I keep thinking that I’ve forgotten something or overlooked something, when what I need to do most is move forward. Pick up a pen or a tool, turn on the computer, pick up the phone… just do something. Don’t just sit around thinking about it.

I worked my way through the day, tackling each conundrum as it came up. I’m really very pleased with the progress I made, because this frees up a lot of energy these problems had been sucking up for quite some time. Now that they’re settled, I can move along.

And move along, I shall.

Unfortunately, I seem to be coming down with a cold, which is a bummer. But at least it’s not the flu, and I’m hoping that this little bout will boost my immune system to really withstand the coming holidays. Thanksgiving is a couple weeks away, and I’m going to be doing all my big holiday travels during this time. A lot of times, I get sick from these big family trips — seeing both sides of the family in several different states, traveling through several different regions and stopping at a lot of rest stops where there are tons of sick people.

I need to keep my immune system robust, so having this cold and getting through it before that holiday could help. We shall see. I’ve found some home remedies online that promise to shorten the duration and intensity — lemon-infused honey, ginger, oil of oregano, and more. Also, hot foods are said to help clean you out — with green chili concoctions burning everything up and also providing a good dose of Vitamin C.

Heck, I may make up a batch of hot chili  — I’ll have to look around online to see if I can find any good recipes. I made a big pot of chicken soup last night, and it was delicious. The second day tends to be even better, so I’m hopeful.

In any case, when it comes to this cold, I’m not going down without a fight. Food is my favorite way to fight it, by far. It works better than OTC meds I find, and it’s satisfying on many levels. Maybe I’ll get some hot peppers and mix up something spicy for myself later. I need to finish my chicken soup – or maybe I’ll freeze it, so it keeps – and get as much benefit from that as I can. Then again, maybe I’ll make up some chili and freeze it… so I have it later this week.

But I’m getting sidetracked by food. The great thing about yesterday was how active I was, and how involved I was in everything I did. I really did a lot of serious calculating and thinking, which turned out just right. And I laid the groundwork for future progress, by solving three significant issues that have been dogging me. Instead of getting blocked by uncertainty, I took a step back, rethought what I was doing, then I went back to my activity with a new eye for detail. And 12 hours after I started down the road to solving these questions, I had a full day’s work under my belt with a lot of satisfaction to go with it.

This was the much-needed boost I was missing. I’ve had so many setbacks in the past couple of months, in terms of plans, job search, being effective at work and in my life… I really needed a win, and yesterday I got three.

Which is a breath of fresh air.

And now, speaking of breathing and fresh air, it’s time for me to get up and move a little bit. I’ve got to run some errands, and if I can get a jump on the day, I’ll miss the Sunday crowds.



Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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