The other day, a client shared that she was feeling a sense of overwhelm. There was so much to do and she was beating herself up every time she took any time off to rest and rejuvenate. Do you have guilt around what is or isn’t getting done in your life? Whenever I get to the point where I feel like I’ve got too much to do and not enough time to do it in I stop and consider the following.
Anyone can juggle one ball. You can, so can I. We can also usually juggle two balls, especially if we have two good hands. Years ago, I had a desire to learn how to juggle, so I bought a set of red and black juggling balls and I can juggle three items, usually with ease. But if you add a fourth ball, forget about it. I haven’t mastered that skill just yet. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done. The Pearl Street Mall here in Boulder is filled with street performers who can easily juggle four, five, six, even ten items at a time with ease and grace. It’s just not my skill set at this moment. Our egos want to beat us up for what OTHERS can do that we seem unable to do. I’ve got a better idea.
Instead of looking at what you CAN’T juggle today, ask yourself this one question: What CAN I do today? So often we’re trying to juggle too many things at once, when our skill set is 3 balls at a time. So look at your to-do list and ask yourself: what are the three things that absolutely, positively MUST be done today? Start your day by doing those three things and only those three things. Once they’re done, pick another set of three things and so on… Before you know it, you’ll have juggled 10 or 20 items during the day. And you’ll have done it with ease and grace. (Oh.. and if you’re not someone who has already mastered the skill of juggling 3 items and you’d like to learn, start with 3 pieces of tissue…pulling them up underneath your hands instead of tossing them. You’ll also find a wonderful beginners juggling video at this link: http://bit.ly/lHsPiI.) And for the record..oranges make great juggling balls – and yield much more juice after they’ve been dropped a time or two!
Here’s to always knowing that you have enough time, energy, resources and wisdom to accomplish all that is yours to accomplish today!