With the most recent side trip my life has taken, I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed. While it seems like I’m staying on top of the basics, food is provided, clean clothes are available, I slap a smile on my face at all the proper moments, I can’t seem to shake the feeling that I’m falling behind. Even when I ask and answer the obvious question, “Behind what?”, I can’t shake it, no matter how hard I try. This life is short. There’s so much I want to do and experience, so many people I’d like to know and so many opportunities to be explored. How can I go out into the adventures of my life if all I accomplish in a day are the basics? After my pity party subsides and Realistic Michelle comes out to talk to Big Baby Michelle, we make a plan. The plan is to bring out the tried and true. The “Ten Things” Rule.
We all get a little overwhelmed at times. You may be studying for finals, have had a new baby, changed jobs or just received upsetting news. Life’s sense of humor is awesome and even though this months upset may look nothing like last month’s, we experience the same result, feeling overwhelmed and discouraged. It was during a period of time when I had no energy, though I wasn’t sick, that Realistic Michelle came up with the Rule. The Rule is simply that even if the kitchen is out of control and you just don’t have the energy/band width/interest to clean it, you will surely make your way to the kitchen at some point in your day. Rather than walking into the kitchen and feeling bad about it, or walking in and forcing yourself to take on the whole disaster in one big bite, you clean up ten things.
Now if your life gets as crazy as mine does from time to time, you may be thinking that ten things isn’t going to make much of a difference. That is where you’d be mistaken. Three trips to the kitchen equals 30 things. Now that sounds like something. But we’ve failed to calculate in the eternal truth that any action, regardless of how small, creates momentum. Those 30 things often easily and magically multiply to 60 or even 90 things.
While we’ve been discussing house cleaning tips, I want you to understand that we’re speaking not only literally, but metaphorically. Many of us aren’t suffering over the tidiness of our environment, there might be health issues we’re not addressing, or phone calls we’re not making or steps toward the profession of our dreams we’re not taking. We don’t make them for myriad reasons, but one of the very most frequent is that we’re overwhelmed. We look at the whole whale and wonder how we’re ever going to eat it. What we fail to realize and fail to embrace is that all works, great and small begin with one tiny step, one little bite, one intention turned into a small action. And the part we inevitably fail to remember is that the universe, in all it’s glory and magnificence, will walk right up to us, grab our hand and practically carry us on our way.
So whether you’re overwhelmed in your home and in your life, or just itching to move into a new phase of your life and your’re not sure how, choose to do 10 Things and see how it changes everything!
Melinda Mae – Shel Silverstein
Have you heard of tiny Melinda Mae,
Who ate a monstrous whale?
She thought she could,
She said she would,
So she started in right at the tail.
And everyone said,”You’re much too small,”
But that didn’t bother Melinda at all,
She took little bites and she chewed very slow,
Just like a good girl should…
…and in eighty-nine years she ate that whale
Because she said she would!