The title of this article is my life story these days. I’ve over-committed myself lately to the point of exhaustion. So, as I continue to do what has always worked for me to stay centered – exercise, meditate and eat as healthy as I can MOST days, 🙂 I also am using the stress-management tool of setting priorities and putting more energy into those things that have deadlines – or that are really more important (like my family).
This blog has always been a priority for me because it keeps me in touch with people I haven’t seen for a while and others I’ve never met, but find interesting and like-minded. Each week as I ponder what I should write about, I think to myself, “I don’t have time to write a blog this week!” Then I sit down & just start writing what’s going on inside.
I’ve learned that I don’t have to let myself be overwhelmed by all I have to do. I stop thinking about how much there is to do, and start getting it done! Feeling overwhelmed is just a state of mind that I choose. Or I can choose to let it go.
The older I get, the faster time speeds by. But rather than panic when I feel deadlines creep up on me, I can make each moment meaningful. Each moment that comes is an opportunity to experience something fully. That experience isn’t always positive – but if I allow myself to feel it instead of turn it into anxiety, it is always authentic.
That’s how things get done; moment by moment, step by step, one day at a time. Small tasks added to one another build into larger, more fulfilling accomplishments. And those accomplishments build into a life of fulfillment.
Taking things a step at a time, resting between the steps and asking for guidance before I move on to each next step keeps life from feeling so overwhelming. Before I know it, I’m able to look back at the task that originally felt so overwhelming with pride and gratitude for the opportunity.