This post is part of the 31 for 21 effort. Go meet some great families with extra special kids here...
I think the title has become my new motto. There are many times in my day-to-day that I feel overwhelmed by things: housework (I really am constantly amazed at how very quickly we can destroy a clean house, I think we're faster than a tornado...), deadlines (I've got a huge stack of to-dos... and yeah, I'm not doin' much), parenting (these kids throw me for a loop nearly every day...) - you know, *little* stuff like that.
I will admit that when things get tough, I often times just wanna take a nap. I don't feel motivated to start on something that at times feels impossible. This feeling of inadequacy can spill over into the intangible as well... keeping relationships healthy, feeding myself spiritually, healthy lifestyles - again, all those *little* things. Once I begin to feel like I'm failing, or that my efforts are in vain, most every ounce of my being is shouting at me to stop. If I give into that feeling and go sit and veg, or I ignore the elephant in the room, the problem doesn't go away and I just compound upon my feeling of inadequacy...
if I just get off my hind end and chip at things a bit at a time - just keep moving, just keep falling forward - I find that even if the task doesn't get completed I feel better about myself for just having started. And the better I feel the more I get done. I know! Shocking, isn't it. *wink*
So that is my encouragement to you today - I'm right there with ya on some things, and admittedly my problems may be nothing compared to yours in other areas - but keep chipping away at them, don't dwell on the negative and make it bigger than it really is (those negative feelings have a way of growing inside your mind... objects in your mind are smaller than they appear).
Believe it or not, in my family of six, no matter how huge the pile of dishes are in the sink and on the counter tops, it rarely takes me longer than 30 minutes to get it all cleaned up. 30 minutes. How many problems are we avoiding because we keep telling ourselves that it's too complicated and will take too much time and effort when in actuality it would only be the tiniest blip of our lifetime.
So just keep movin' - I will too.