Prutsen is such a lovely word. It’s Dutch, and it was once used a lot by us. As in, “What have you been doing for the last two hours?” “Oh, just prutsen.”
A loose definition of prutsen is to putter or potter or tinker, or otherwise waste time by making unnecessary changes. It’s doing something of little significance that looks like work but really isn’t. It’s sort of pretend work that can help to successfully avoid real work. It’s entertainment and relaxation all rolled up in one.
Some of us can pruts for hours, rearranging things like the desk, the plants, spice rack, cutlery drawer, etc.; thereby putting off more useful tasks like paying bills, cleaning out the refrigerator or organizing year-end tax files.
I don’t know when, but somewhere along the line we lost the simple pleasure inherent in prutsen. And I think we should bring it back. Sometimes a mind just needs to graze…
A few weeks ago I wrote about the list of ingredients for joy and meaning that Dr. Brené Brown’s family came up with. They were surprised to discover that the way they were living their lives was contrary to the way they wanted to be living, so they made changes. They cut back the hours they were working, limited extracurricular activities, got more sleep, more play, and made more time to just hang out.
Jess and I started something similar. I say “started” because we are still a long way from our ideal, but we are definitely making progress. Here is a partial list.
This is a long-overdue thank you to North County Cancer Fitness (NCCF) for all their assistance last year.
In January 2016 I learned that a cyst on my kidney which we’d been monitoring since my initial breast cancer diagnosis, had suddenly gotten huge after 2-1/2 years of no change at all. There was a very distinct change in tone from my surgeon, now sure that it was cancer because of the rapid growth. Because it was so large, they would have to temporarily remove most of my organs to get it all, and supposedly it would be a very long recovery period because of this.
I had recently read a magazine article I can’t locate now about the usefulness of “pre-hab”, rather than waiting for re-hab. It totally convinced me that going into this surgery in the best possible shape I could possibly be, would pay off in a really big way. And I asked if NCCF could support my pre-hab. They were happy to do so, and handled all of the set up on my behalf!
NCCF provided additional personal training and stretching sessions...
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