So… it looks like I might have thrown away a somewhat important piece of paper that I need. And I couldn’t help it–after digging around the house and not finding it anywhere, that little, clutter-loving voice in my head piped up and said:
You see? What did I tell ya? That’s what happens when you go purging papers all willy nilly!
Now I’m not 100% positive that I tossed this particular document (a proof of insurance card, if you must know), and even if I did throw it away, it’s just as likely that I did so through some run-of-the-mill error, rather than as a result of a life-simplifying paper purge (I found two copies of one vehicle’s insurance card, but no card for the other).
But here’s the thing–the paper isn’t really that important. I am sure I can get a replacement card easily enough. But I’m over-tired today, and little things can start to add up pretty easily. And then I start heading down a path that’s hard to get off.
It probably started earlier today, when I got on the phone with the DMV to talk about what I needed to do to get a North Carolina license and transfer our vehicle registration. There were a few more steps involved than I thought, and since my registration expires in Georgia in just a couple of weeks, it looks like I am going to have to renew in Georgia (and pay Georgia taxes), and then register in North Carolina in August (and pay taxes once again).
Then it was off to the bank and the safe deposit box, where I encountered another hiccup: I found the car titles, which was good, but no copy of my wife’s birth certificate (just her expired passport). Now I know I wouldn’t have thrown away that document, but where it might be is anyone’s guess. So it looks like we might have another bureaucratic hurdle to overcome before we can get both of our driver’s licenses in order.
Discovering that I was missing an insurance card as well as the birth certificate was just the final little nudge to send me into a minor spin.
In truth, I’ve been much better this year than in the past, but historically, I have a tendency to head off to worse case scenarios pretty quickly. For instance: most of my financial worries, no matter how small, usually end with an image of me and my family living in a cardboard box. Talk about living simply, right?
But I’m getting better.
So tonight, when I felt myself starting to spiral downward, I tried to take action to help me recover.
And the first thing I did was start to write this entry.
And it helped.
The other thing that I did was to remember that I really only had to live the day in front of me, and deal with what this day has to offer.
So no, it looks like I don’t have that second insurance card. But I can call and get one tomorrow–so that’s one thing off my plate for today. The same thing with the birth certificate: a bit more of a hassle to replace, sure, but not an insurmountable challenge, should it come to that.
And yes, dealing with the DMV, transferring titles and registration, etc–all of that will be a hassle. But it is not today’s hassle.
Now I’m at the end of this entry, and waddaya know: I pulled out of a downward spiral and recovered pretty easily. And bonus points for completing this entry well before midnight: now I can get to bed a little earlier tonight–and recover some sleep!