One thing at a time

One of the first times I recognized a symbolic activity was watching the Ed Sullivan show in the 1950s. Some of his performers were last-gasp vaudeville acts and the one I'm remembering was a guy on a unicycle spinning a dozen plates in the air from various parts of  his body. On one occasion, my mother commented, "That's what my life feels like" and I got it. I got the comparison.

As someone who's always got a few dozen ideas for projects, I often feel that my life is like that: keeping all the balls in the air, all the plates spinning. But while I used to take great pride in my ability to do that, I don't like it so much anymore. In fact, I know that I do better with 2-3 projects at a time. Otherwise, I feel scattered and overwhelmed. It's one of the things I love about having a life coach; she helps me discern what's most important and stay on track. I need accountability like most of us do.

And today, I found this great quote from the BeMorewithLess blog that I subscribe to: "It can't all matter at the same time." This is such a great reminder to me to focus on what I'm doing and to prioritize when I have more plates than I can handle.


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