The List goes on.
Until I reach a breaking point…
My dismal attempt at poetry? No, just my mind reeling after I read an email this morning. It is build weekend for our high school thespians and once again, I didn’t see everyone else take a step backwards when they asked for a volunteer to lead the charge. Actually, I love being around the kids (who call me PartyMark) and having a small part in the production. This is my fifth build and we’ve done some incredible shows.
The problem is that when I’m meeting with the director about the task at hand, she shows me the large pieces and that’s where my mind stops. She keeps telling me about the other things they will need and I hear Charlie Brown’s teacher, “wapwapwa-wa!” So after finishing the three big pieces yesterday and feeling quite smug in the accomplishment, I got an email with a 20 item list of things to do today. TWENTY! I nearly lost it and decided to do what I always do when I get stressed, go for a run.
When my toasty skin hit the cool air outside, I got a mild skin irritation in an unfortunate location. I figured it would go away, but it didn’t. At the top of my street, I was so distracted with it that I turned right toward the hilly 6-mile course instead of left to the flat 4. The sun rose above the tree line in front of me as I scratched. At first I tried to be discreet and wait for times when there were no cars around. But after a couple of miles, I quit caring. The unrelenting butt-itch won – for the moment.
At about mile four, something funny happened. I guess I didn’t hit my usual run playlist and some songs from the shows the girls have done streamed through my earbuds. They weren’t the best running songs, but they took my mind off the butt-itch and made me focus more on why I’m doing the building than the list. For me, it’s about the kids, specifically my daughters.
We all have lists. Sometimes they are unrelenting butt-itches that won’t seem to go away. I have to remember why I have the list and be grateful that I have the wherewithal to accomplish it. I keep up with Caringbridge posts from a friend who is watching her husband struggle with a brain tumor. He would love to have my list. I take my health for granted too often.
Today, I’m going to go to church, worship well, then hammer out 20 things – one at a time.
How are you going to attack your list?
6 thoughts on “The Unrelenting Butt-Itch”
With humility and gratitude. This came just at the right time. Thanks Mark. 😃
I’m glad Kate. There usually isn’t a good time for a butt-itch.
Youre killin me Smalls. ( from Sandlot). 😃😃
great post, mark. one step at a time. scratch that itch. )
No matter who is watching! Thanks Beth.
Nothing wrong with a good scratch – anytime! I’ve tagged your book in a book blog chain Mark. Partake only if you feel like it – I just had to add Virgil to mine though. Here’s the link if you’d like a squiz. http://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/monday-tag-a-book-day-par-deux/