Mind the gap

Mind the Gap
Photo by Larry Johnson

gap (noun)
1. a break or opening, as in a fence, wall, or military line; breach

I believe this is the kind of gap they are speaking of at Paddington Station.  I am referring to some other definitions of the word.

2.  an empty space or interval; interruption in continuity; hiatus

Let me illustrate with a little picture of my morning today.

We arrived at the camp kitchen only to find a fork and knife clearly left by my troop the night before.  I gave the girls a short lecture on keeping track of their possessions, though no one stepped up to claim the utensils.  They were, of course, mine.  I followed the girls to the breakfast table to be informed by them that my sit-upon (the name of a traditional Girl Scout handmade thing-to-sit-on) was up at the front of the dining area.  I had left it at campfire the night before.  After breakfast, I checked a lost-and-found area for anything left by my troop.  There was only one thing that belonged to “us:” the sunscreen I had brought to the boat dock the previous afternoon.

3.  a wide divergence or difference; disparity

There is a great disparity between what I believe I can do and my actual behavior.  I do not feel that I am blithely skipping through life leaving belongings in my wake (although my dad used to say that I could never be a criminal because I could be too easily traced).  I see myself as responsible with my things, and as someone who tries to practice what she preaches to the Girl Scouts!  But — apparently — this is not the case.

4.  a difference or disparity in attitudes, perceptions, character, or development, or a lack of confidence or understanding, perceived as creating a problem.

Throughout my life, there has seemed to be a difference between how others perceive my attitude and perceptions about my organization and time management issues compared to how I perceive them.  I feel strongly that the gaps in my day-to-day functioning are real and that they impact my life in a negative manner.  Others seem to trivialize my difficulties without realizing how very serious they are.  I definitely lack confidence in myself when it comes to organization and time management; perhaps people act like it is no big deal as a way of supporting and encouraging me, but somehow it seems like the opposite.

In any case, I need to work on fixing the gaps in my mind, because I do mind them.

  • {Stress} released: I had a calm and relaxed weekend, and gradually went from feeling terrible (Friday night) to feeling pretty well (tonight).  Off to bed!

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