Zoom In


I don’t know about you, but right now I’m feeling quite overwhelmed.  We all seem to go through these phases where there is just so much on the calendar and so much to accomplish that it is almost painful to think about how everything will be accomplished, let alone how everything will be accomplished well.
For me, I’m juggling a few things right now.  Obviously, my first priority is my fermentation book.  It is the biggest undertaking of my entire life thus far, so obviously it is getting the majority of my attention.  I’ve never written a book before so everything is uncharted territory for me!  There are so many details to think about and so much work involved.  I’m loving it, but at the same time, I’m feeling the heat.
Beyond that I have my own goals to work on, a household to manage, a business to maintain.  I’m also a worrier so even though I’m not personally enduring a particular hardship, I do worry about my loved ones who are facing difficult times.  (I know I’m creating more stress for myself by doing that, but it’s just the way I am.  Working on it!)
Amongst all this hoopla, I am very fortunate to have some sane voices in my life.  Specifically Dude, my parents, and a few close friends.  I call them my own personal advisory board.  When I’m stymied over how to handle a troublesome situation, I go to them.  Often when I know I have to do something that is particularly painful and I just don’t want to do it, I go to them for the nudge in the right direction.  When I don’t want to face a harsh truth, they are the trusted people in my life who give me the straight dope.
Something that my advisory board has been giving me lately, is the advice to zoom in on all that is making me feel overwhelmed.  The reason I feel overwhelmed with everything going on is that I am looking at all of these things on my to-do list, all of the stressors, all of the things I’m worrying about, and I am trying to solve them all today and right now or five minutes ago.  Instead, this “zooming in” advice is telling me to focus on one thing at a time, one day at ta time, one moment at a time.
We’ve all heard the adage, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint!”  Yes.  Life is a marathon in so many ways, but even in a marathon nobody is running 26.2 right this very instant.  It is a prolonged task that is made up of one mile at a time and one foot in front of the other.
So that’s what I’m doing these days.  I’m zooming in.  I’m making lists and then I’m just choosing ONE thing on that list to focus on for this moment.  I’m going to do it well, and not worry about the rest of the list until it’s time.
I can get frazzled and frayed over ALL that I have to do before turning this book in.  I can get stressed out and lose sleep over buying a new house and moving.  I can get emotional about the new house deal falling apart.  None of this is serving me, however.  What’s the point?
Instead, I’m focusing on what I have to accomplish today, in this hour, at this moment.  The big picture is fine, but for now I’m zoomed in very tightly on today’s agenda and that’s all.
Now, it’s your turn to share your experiences.  Are you overwhelmed?  How do you manage everything when you’re feeling this way?  Who are your closest confidants and how do they help you when things get stressful?  Do you find that “zooming in” on one day or hour or moment at a time makes a colossal to-do list seem more manageable?  Share with me in the comments or on Facebook.

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