Sigh, I am an Inefficent Rectangle


My basic nature is intuitive, perceptive, feeling and introverted. Someone who gave me the Myers-Briggs test said few people rank as high as I do. Well I am sure  most creative, artist types are wired in a similar way. I become so involved in reading and writing that only when my body is sever pain, starving, thirsty and with a bursting bladder, only then do I come back to awareness of my surroundings or physical needs. God bless my husband.

With nine children and a house, garden and farm that need almost constant attention, I pushed my creative self aside and forced myself to be efficient. I really tried to chip off my creative impulses and roll through my day like an efficient circle. What a lost cause; I used inner determination and ignored the Spirit within me. It would have made life so much easier if I had embrace my true nature and allowed the Holy Spirit control over my routine and work schedule, allowed Christ to make up my deficiencies

After years of struggling against my basic intellectual wiring, I have finally accepted that there are large black holes in my brain that deal with technology and even simple mechanics. I am content to manage our large home, renovate, garden and landscape and write. I do not care one whit that the kids laugh in disbelief because I cannot figure out the T.V. or cell phone.

Case in point.

I am a woman who has done little travelling. After 12 hours of travelling across three-time zones, on three different airplanes, connecting with a shuttle service and making it to my parents condominium entrance without mishap, I could not get in. This was my first visit where my 80-year-old dad admitted that he cannot drive safely in the dark; the first time he did not usher me in, carrying my luggage. Although I remembered their condo number, I did not know the access code to connect with them and I do not own a cell phone. The intercom system kept telling me to scroll down to use the list of occupants but for the life of me, I could not figure it out. I could have cried in frustration because the complex seemed deserted.

Since I did not want to stand around looking like an idiot, I lugged my heavy suitcase, carry-on and purse as I trudged through gardens, rocked strewn areas till I finally came around to their patio at the back of the complex.Their railing was so high, I stumbled as I hauled my bags over it and I had to balance on a rock to reach high enough to swing my leg over. Then one leg became wedged between the railings. It is a miracle that I finally stood in front of their patio door and knocked.

The look on my 82-year old parents’ faces was worth all that hassle. It was priceless. I laughed and laughed as my mum completely commiserated with my lack of techno-smarts and my dad patiently tried to explain the intricacies of scrolling down. I am sure God laughed even harder.

16 thoughts on “Sigh, I am an Inefficent Rectangle

  1. Technology these days can be somewhat confusing. We were at our friend’s house the other day enjoying a lovely barbecue in the garden with his family. It was warm and sunny and all was well and wonderful.

    Until …

    I asked my friend if he had a newspaper.

    “Join the 21st Century” he laughed, “we don’t have newspapers in this house. Here have my Kindle!”

    Well … that wasp certainly did not know what hit it as it went to meet its maker.

    For some reason my friend became very angry as bits of plastic flew in the air.

    God bless.


  2. Still chuckling! I hope we have movie night in heaven. I sure don’t want to miss this one. 😉 That must have been quite a challenge. After all that travel, I’d have been more likely to sit at the gate and cry!



  3. the current technologies are awesome!…
    still i prefer the simplicity and quietness of the lives of many people way back then…
    anyway, we have to deal with the changing times 🙂

    by the way, thank you for the awards 🙂 … i’ve been receiving awards but i’m still figuring out how to include them all in my posts!


  4. We wouldn’t be talking if it wasn’t for technology, so I love it. Plus there’s so much pro-lfe activity online: the devil attacks the world, and God sends us a weapon – technology can be that weapon for us to use well.


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