|I had seen this leaf floating in our creek beneath the bridge for several days and thought I should take a picture. This afternoon, I finally did.|
The many spinning plate analogy is a favorite one lately. If you haven't heard of it, a person who has too many things they are committed to is said to be "spinning too many plates." Have you ever seen someone do this in real life? They are actually spinning dinner plates or bowls at the tip of a bowl, which they must constantly move at the right speed to keep the bowl spinning. It sounds pointless, doesn't it? But it's entertaining at least, right?
It's usually this time of year that I really notice how many plates I've decided to spin. It happens very gradually, because you don't plan on looking like an insane maniac doing aimless spinning of dishware on poles. And of course, once you notice you're doing something that you've really been doing without thinking it just gets harder. The plates start to wobble, and your brain goes berserk as it frantically tries to decide how to keep them going. Then it starts to question why those plates were up there in the first place. "It's craziness!!!," you shout as you stand there paralyzed.
So here are the choices:
1) let them fall
2) figure out how to gently put them down
3) get people to join you in the madness
4) wait for someone to come and take them from you
5) just keep them going.
6) add more plates
6) any creative combination of the above
You would think I'd learn, but I guess my weakness is overcommitment. What about you? What activities or commitments are you juggling that should maybe be reconsidered? Are you doing things just because you've always done them? Are you stressed and snapping at people around you? It might be time to stop and reflect.
|black and white version of the same beautiful leaf and reflection. Today, literally staring into the water of the creek helped put things into perspective for me.|
Thankfully, there are several commitments that are being taken from me from the natural progression of the school year. Awana and co-op are ending. Swimming lessons can take a break after this month. I've been getting better at asking people to help me with shuttling children to activities and putting my foot down and declaring at-home days when it seems all I do is drive in circles in my minivan.
Right now, there are seasonal commitments like goat milking, goat kid bottle feeding, gardening and general outdoor maintenance that are beginning to eclipse my fall and winter commitments. It's when they overlap that my life begins to feel like a whirl pool and I begin to despair.
|maia relaxes on the bridge over the creek|
|delicious mud brownies ---("ooh, there's a worm in one!"--maia )|
|figuring out the hose in the afternoon light|