I have a confession. I hate limbo.
The time between moving out of one house and moving into another.
The time between quitting one job and finding another.
The time between leaving old friends and making new ones.
The time between finishing one project and starting the next one.
The time between turning in a draft and getting feedback.
All those times when there's nothing you can do but wait and regroup. I hate those times.
Limbo makes me cranky. I feel like there's no solid ground under my feet, that there's no way to get momentum. I eat too much suger and spend too much time on the Internet and basically flail like a cat on a slippery kitchen floor.
It's not pretty.
I wish this was a post telling you how to get through limbo with grace and dignity. Sadly I've never been known for my dignity. (Seriously. Have you seen this yet? Case closed.)
So I don't do dignity. But I'm trying to get better at the grace part. I feel like I fail at a lot of things when I'm in limbo, and sometimes it's discouraging.
But I can give myself grace. I can take pride in the things I do right, the times I am productive. And when I'm not, when I have a bad day and stay up too late and cut myself off from the world, I can forgive myself and start again the next day. It's a little like swimming out of the deep end of a pool. Sometimes you swim and sometimes you float, but if you just keep moving in the right direction, at some point you'll feel the tile under your feet again.
So I just have to keep swimming. And maybe sneaking some treats as well.
What do you do when you're in limbo?