I was going to call this post the dilemma of an over-doer. But I thought is it really possible to have too MANY opportunities? As I talk with friends who are wives, mothers, and or workers of the world. I hear all of these stories about how much they have to do. Me included. As I start to look at all the things I am busy with, it isn't always what I want to be busy with, but think I SHOULD be busy with. (the dreaded should!) My kids have the opportunity to be in this sport, that club, go to this party, etc. I in turn get invited to events, asked to do things, and participate in random things here and there. I feel like I am presented with so many options of things to be involved with. Don't even get me started on the volunteering I do... that is an endless pit all by itself. But I can feel a twinge of guilt pop up if I don't take advantage of all of the opportunities. What better do I have to do? Just sit at home! EEK.
What I am seeing now is we have been brought up from a world of lack. We didn't have what we wanted or we were trained we never would. It was unreasonable to expect it. "don't complain later if you change your mind" So we end up scooping up all the opportunities that come, for fear we will regret not doing it. We overwhelm ourselves, deplete ourselves and ultimately forget the gratitude that we once had for these opportunities individually.
Insightful Inspiration for the week
Notice all the "opportunities" you are taking advantage of just because you feel you should. Maybe it is even something fun, like being invited to a party, even though you know last night you promised you were going to just stay home and rest for a few days. Try saying no, with the realization that new opportunities will come, when it is time.
If you can't relate to the dilemma of an over doer... your inspiration is to see where you can say yes to one more thing. It is all about balance.
Tell me how it goes.