“…and work your plan!”
I can’t tell you how often my mom said this to us. Basically, the root of success is an organized and well thought out plan, accompanied by the tenacity to see that plan to fruition. Truer words were never spoken. What makes this comical? Bless her heart, my mother would not have known organization if it brought her lunch. Dear Tree, I am your apple.
Point for point, I’ve followed in, and surpassed her footsteps: notebooks with great schemes, ideas, ambitions; half-finished projects; meals no one would really enjoy, but they were new and different. Yeah. And now I’m 33, the age where she’d given birth to her final child, and I want to kick it up a notch in a different way. But the thing that gets me, and what may well have been the thing that got to her, is the blues. When the blues hit me, I got it bad and that ain’t good. There are days I just feel set adrift, and it’s hard to get my bearings. The other part is, once you’ve created your millionth half-ject, and embarked upon your trillionth unfinished plot, the feeling of being overwhelmed is stifling. Partially because, it’s not just a feeling – we really are overwhelmed. Quite honestly, I know I have the ability to see myself clear of anything in my path – that ability just happens to be blocked by a million other things. You can’t see the forest for the trees, the book report, the sewing project, the business venture AND that casserole you left in the oven.
So I’m reaching out to you guys: What do you do to beat back the blues? How do you combat feeling overwhelmed or even a little afraid of the notion that maybe you’ve bitten off way more than you can chew this time? Or, how do you prevent yourself from being in the position where you are overwhelmed and spread too thin? Being the come-back kid is great, but it’s also emotionally taxing, and I’m not so haughty as to presume that someone isn’t doing it better than I. Feel free to share, and perhaps we can get a dialogue going. When you take into account the times we’re living in, I find it hard to believe that I’m the only person who feels this way.
Let’s build folks.