Sometimes the task can feel overwhelming when you look at the sum and it paralyzes, doesn’t it? The thought of cleaning out the garage, prepping for a test, or (gulp) learning a new language!! But as I reflect on the week just passed that started with honoring MLK, his favorite quote of mine rings in my ears, “you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Could you imagine stepping into the White House with all the crises he is facing right now? Wow, just wow with a pandemic raging, vaccines so scarce, an economy teetering, society politically fractured now more than ever, extremists emboldened on both sides, and an international reputation that is, well, let’s just say undetermined. But let’s bring it down to a personal level, shall we?
What do you have left unfinished or un-started? What have you left undone because the task seems too large?
I know for me I often put things off because I look at the enormity of the mountain to climb and nine times out of ten when the task is accomplished I look back and think to myself, now that really wasn’t nearly as bad as I made it out to be!!
Why is that? Why do we get ourselves so wrapped up in the “have to” instead of looking forward to the “get to” when it comes to accomplishments we are about to embark on?
I can tell you what it is for me: I’m like a petulant child. I want my cake and eat it too. I want the sculpted body but don’t want to spend the time in the gym working for it. I want the pleasure of lounging on the couch. I want the pleasure of eating that chocolate cake, French Fries, Oreo cookie blizzard, Diet Mountain Dew, pancake, lather it on my spare tire, I don’t give two craps when I want it rather than the healthy chicken and veggies meal.
LOL, that was cathartic!!!
Case in point: I really didn’t want to write this blog this morning but rather would have laid on the couch, snuggled up with the pups under the blanket and watched the clouds hoping for some rain. But alas, I started stroking the keys, setting aside judgment that it was garbage at first, and whallaaaa, you all have something to hopefully relate to and take away with some brain food.
So, I’ll leave you with this: don’t rush out and check off everything on your To Do list right now, those people are over-achievers and annoying. But shift your mindset from “have to” over a bit and find your “get to” for just one task you’ve been procrastinating and see if it helps.
Who’s with me?
Well my friends, it’s that time of year isn’t it? Just over 2 weeks after the resolutions have been made and we are staring down the barrel of disappointment, lol. But seriously, let me take a step back, because perhaps, maybe, by chance, ONE of you reading this may have more resolve than the rest of us (or are lying about it to make yourself look better than us commoners).
This week I started in a new role at work, well, not officially as there will be a time of transition but doing a dual role has presented some challenges. Time management of course, but what I want to talk about is falling into old patterns of behavior…something we can all relate to I’m sure.
Just as some of you may have made New Year’s resolutions, whether it was to lose weight, curse a little less, call your parents more, eat more mindfully, odds are with the nation’s events over the past few weeks there was every excuse in the world to fall back into some previous behavior.
Mine was feeling like I had to do it all myself. And truth be told, I didn’t get here by myself, and I’m not going to get THERE by myself. What I know to be true is that God brought me to it, so God will bring me through it. When I find myself in times of trouble (Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, LET IT BE), I just need to turn it over and let Him take the wheel.
If there is one thing, I know that I’m good at, that’s complicating the simplest things in life. When I boil it down to basics, and this is borrowed for sure, it really is as simple as Trusting God, Cleaning House, and working with others. I need to turn all my controlling, manipulating, calculating, trying to figure out the outcome to the One who knows what is best. It doesn’t mean I don’t make plans, cuz I do a ton of that, but I don’t plan the outcome. I need to clean my side of the street: if I wrong someone, I make it right. And working with others which is so critical today. Giving back what I have been truly blessed with when there is so much need. It’s not the government’s job, or THEIR job, but it is OUR job to care for our neighbor, brother/sister. It’s the human thing to do.
And lastly, I need to remember to forgive myself when I go astray and fall back into those old patterns. I am human, and that is ok. When I recognize what has happened, I need to get back up on that horse and ride again…and again…and again…and again.