Sunday, April 15, 2007


There’s not a lot of stuff we really have to do. When you need to, you can put an amazing amount of stuff aside to get to later. And when later comes, you might find you just don’t need to do much of that stuff at all. When you are going through an intense time period, whether it’s intensely joyous or intensely traumatic, this is a good thing to know.
If you aren’t overwhelmed by the lack of hours in the day, or the lack of general resources you have available for coping, “life’s too short” sounds a bit cliché. If you are that overwhelmed, “life’s too short” becomes the touchstone by which you prioritize your time and energy.
Another good thing to know is that the overwhelmed sensation will eventually diminish. The crisis will resolve. When it does, the trick is knowing how to retain what you learned about what’s important to you. Know how to willfully leave things undone; choose not to put some things back in your life. Intentionally exercise the decision making process of the overwhelmed. If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way to fit it into your life. If it doesn’t belong to you, if it’s someone else’s worry, or it doesn’t support your goals or the goals of those you care about, leave it for later.

Current Read: Grace (Eventually), Anne Lamott
Current Music: Speedwood, Lost and Found

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