There are many deadlines, expectations, and things to do that can cause you to get frazzled easily!! How can you do it all? And in the limited time available?!
It’s enough to just push you over the edge!
I love this image from the Pioneer Trail – and this is truly what you can feel like!
You are not focused, jumping from task to task, not completing one and knowing you will never get it completed on time.
In fact, are you too busy to read this post?? Well, you're in luck. Click the button below: Kick up your feet and take a few minutes to close your eyes and listen!
“YOU CAN PLEASE SOME OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME, YOU CAN PLEASE ALL OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME, BUT YOU CAN’T PLEASE ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME.” – JOHN LYDGATE
You need to live up to your own expectations, live for your own ethics, goals and dreams.
I was out of town for the last three days running a Rummage and Bake Sale we put on annually for church. It’s enjoyable but exhausting getting everything set up, keeping the volunteer kids BUSY (and alleviating their issues – and fighting – WHEN and if they come up!), making meals for everyone and completing the side projects while the sale is going on. (Have to keep the kids busy and also take advantage of the time available to do some extra organizing and deep cleaning!) And then there is the cleanup. So many people helped, so it went quickly and smoothly!! I love teamwork!
My intention this morning was to make it to church, but my subconscious had other plans for me – I had turned off my alarm in my sleep and woke up very late. Instead of trying to get there at break-neck speed (and still be late), I just called to let my sister know I wouldn’t be there. Then commenced making breakfast. I really was craving pancakes and bacon, however I had no bacon on hand… and I was very hungry, so pancakes seemed like a bad choice, since it would take too long. Cereal wasn’t going to cut it… So I made a hot ham and cheese sandwich with egg. And salsa verde! I poured my coffee and decided to dine al fresco – ENJOYING the morning and nature. There were thunderstorms during the early morning hours, so it was slightly humid, but the temperatures were cool enough that it was still enjoyable. The birds were busy this morning, and chirping while they were doing their business!
I was glad I took the time to slow down this morning, because it’s not healthy to always try to move at the speed of light. Knowing how I work, it reminded me of when I was going to school to become an interior designer. Obviously, there were other classes to study for and also a job to to go, but there were detailed projects to complete that required a lot of time. There were all-nighters. Sometimes, studio came before a social life or other fun things. There was more than one meltdown to be had by yours truly in regard to those projects!! Freak-outs may better explain my frame of mind!
One of my cousins is on the final stretch of her schooling for her PhD, and has graduated but is finishing her dissertation. I think that’s SO AWESOME and really respect her for all of those years of hard work and dedication!! Yesterday, she had a meltdown, similar to what I was just speaking about – there was talk of weepiness and self-combusting and I TOTALLY GET THAT!! Several things happened to push her into that frame of mind, and the multiple frustrations and realization of limited upcoming time just exacerbated the stress of completion. That’s a scary place to be and there is seemingly no light at the end of the tunnel. But then, I read her post from later in the day:
“I spent a very relaxing afternoon out in the country. We rested and visited over dinner at the picnic table…the breeze was soothing and amazing and I had forgotten the beautiful vista of the 30 acres of the neighbor’s wheat field as the sun starts to go down. Deep breaths. Feeling better. Needing sleep.”
RELAXATION, BEAUTY, BREATHING, AND SLEEP
make a multitude of problems better – or at least gives us a better perspective to deal with them. I’m so glad she turned the corner on that stressful day!
This morning as I enjoyed the outdoors, I was reminded of the song written and made popular by Simon and Garfunkel on their 1966 album Parsely, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme: The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy).
Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last.
Just kicking down the cobble stones.
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.
What cha knowing?
I’ve come to watch your flowers growing.
Ain’t cha got no rhymes for me?
Got no deeds to do,
No promises to keep.
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep.
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me.
Life, I love you,
All is groovy.
This version is performed by David Llewellyn and Ida Kristin. Love it.
Don’t forget, whether you are completing years of work and writing your dissertation, finishing up a project with a tight (near impossible!) deadline, or inundated with your children’s needs – you’ve got this! Take five (or more, if you can) and take your mind to a peaceful place. Breathe and visualize the finished task – you are at peace, just basking in the glow of a job well done.
I believe in you.
Slow down when you need to.
Take time out to decompress so you can put your best foot forward.
You’ve got this!
(Photo credit for Featured Image: www.ourimgs.com.)