I must sit down and put down a few words for day 27 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. If I don’t the time will be lost. I will be struggling late into the evening for my words. They always find their way to my fingertips. But I’m often left in high alert, mentally and physically at the finish line. Not a good way to end the day and ease into sleep.
I was jesting yesterday about needing Temple Grandin’s cattle chute to calm and keep me on the beaten path. The subject is still on my mind this morning. On second thought, I should take it seriously. It might and probably will work for me. I don’t have a diagnosis of autism but aren’t we all on a continuum of symptoms? I can certainly get fixated on things and spend too much time on them. Since Temple Grandin came into mind yesterday, I’ve spent time researching her and have reserved 3 books from the library. And now I’m writing on the subject. Oh boy, I’m easily stimulated and distracted. I need those ideas on chutes and corrals of hers.
I just have to rethink what that chute/squeeze box/hug machine might be for me. It deserves some pondering and could make life more easeful. Now I have to think, plan and design a workable curved ‘chute’, a squeeze box for myself so that I’m stay on track and derailed on every turn. One ‘box’ is my 20 minute meditation session in the morning. It does hold me still and in comfort. Not doing anything. Not going anywhere.
Then there are my words. It’s the purpose of me being here in my ‘box’, tapping. The physicality of being here, in my chair, in front of the keyboard, hearing the rhythm of the keys and seeing the letters and words marching across the screen is soothing. Whew! What a long sentence but it works. Does it not? It is my tool of laying everything out, making order and sense so that my brain can see it. I am more of a feely kind of a person. I live innately. I have a difficult time explaining to another. This is the best I can do. Perhaps it is why I often feel lost in this vastness of life. There are no hooks for me to hang my hat on.
Now I see that I do have 2. Enough said for one day. My brain is tired and getting fogging. But it is valuable to have an analysis of my January word journey. The train ride is almost over. I am happy with it. I will not demand a refund when I pull into the last destination. Perhaps I will talk more on the next leg tomorrow.
4 thoughts on “CORRALS, CHUTES, SQUEEZE BOXES AND ME”
Interesting and I agree if I don’t write an article very early in the day my mind ends up in a fog when I do get around to writing and I don’t like that. I am looking forward to what you share with us tomorrow, it has been a great train ride so far.
I could go for some time in the squeeze box, too. I have never been diagnosed with autism, but I have been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder, and I really crave pressure touch. Really, really crave it. I think that it would feel good.
As always, I love your posts and your reflections on your life. I appreciate how writing and meditation can serve as chutes to help us focus. Hope you rest well.
Temple Grandin visited Australia not so long ago, and if I had still been living in Queensland, I would have found a way to meet her. I loved the TV movie that was made about her – with her full support. She is amazing! And yes, there are times when we all need that squeeze. And I think we all have at least a few toes over the line of the spectrum. I know I have. Maybe that’s what why we write? Thank you, Lily