I stepped into an elevator. I was the only one in it and as the door closed I looked for a button to push. One single silver button was barely visible in the oddly painted interior of this elevator. I pushed it and immediately I began going up. But not for long. The elevator stopped. I pressed the button again and it began to go down. Or at least it felt like “we” were going down. The elevator stopped again and while searching for the button to push, I realized you couldn’t really tell where the door was due to the all over sponged paint job inside the elevator. Finding the button, I pushed it and once again I could feel the elevator going up, the familiar whirring sound of gears and machinery, letting me know I was indeed moving. Or was I?
This time the elevator didn’t stop. It just kept right on going…up…I felt sure. I began to hear voices outside the elevator. Two men. One was perhaps an elevator mechanic, the other the owner of the building. They seemed to be discussing what was wrong with the elevator. Theories and possible solutions were being bantered about as I continued to go up and I began to worry that the elevator might not stop, like the one in Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
I looked up and saw that there was no ceiling to the elevator. There was however, a roof belonging to the building but I was in no danger of busting through the roof because the elevator was not moving after all! There was the sensation of movement, the sounds of an elevator working, but in fact “we” weren’t going anywhere…stalled at the ceiling while others tried to figure out how to fix it.
This morning’s dream seems all too true as I have found myself saying to a friend or two that I feel like I’m “spinning my wheels”. Each time these words have inadvertently flown out of my mouth, a little grin begins at the corners, for I realize that indeed I HAVE been spinning my wheels, and my drop spindles and support spindles. I typically think of this expression – spinning my wheels – as a description of being stuck in a muddy hole and the vehicle’s tires being unable to get any traction. Going nowhere fast. All the work and daily grind, but no forward movement for all our efforts. My elevator dream was in fact a fairly accurate depiction of how life feels for many of us during this pandemic.
Sitting on my desk is a lovely pile of freshly plied yarn. I have left it sitting there, instead of putting it away in a ziplock bag (on account of the cat), to remind me of a simple truth…
Spinning my wheels will, someday, in the end,
yield something beautiful and useful.
I’m holding onto this Golden Thread because most days feel a lot like sitting with wool twisting in my hands over and over and over again. And though I dearly love that repetitive work, it helps me to remember that bobbins are being filled and beautiful yarn is, despite everything, being made for use later. I do look forward to a day when we will be able to see some positive outcomes of our daily “going nowhere” in the elevator of COVID 19.
Dear Reader…I’d love to know how you are holding onto a Golden Thread? What is helping you through the uncertain days? ❤️
4 thoughts on “Spinning My Wheels”
You are my vote for Poet Lauretress of North Carolina!
Ha! Thanks dad!,
I think this is a lovely sentiment, and so true!
“Spinning my wheels will, someday, in the end, yield something beautiful and useful.”
I may be spinning my wheels during this uncertain time, but for me, it’s a mixture of creating, and organizing! I may have been more prepared for this time of waiting… isolating…
Though, I think after the beauty, the relaxing and living the dream of the last two decades, for me, I’m finally getting my “in place” mojo back. I’m finding the balance of work and connecting with those that are close to me in a whole new way. I think it’s better.
Thanks for reminding us, “Spinning our wheels” isn’t always about nothing. We can prepare and accomplish great things in this time of uncertainty, we just have to have faith as we spin.
I love your thoughts here Nancy! Thank you for sharing them. All too often my definition of “accomplishing great things” needs reorienting to the simple brilliance of connection with others and noticing the beauty around me. I’m so glad we are friends!