Stepping Back from Overwhelm
All those things you have to do.
The ideas. The projects. The “somedays”. The “shoulds”. The dreams. The desires. The next steps.
They might look organized on the outside, corralled into friendly lists and post-it notes and dreamboards.
But look closer, and it’s a cranky ocean of overwhelm.
One by one, the waves hit you, leaving you gasping for air. Exhausted. Wet.
With sand in places sand shouldn’t be.
And your toes are so busy grasping for purchase on the ocean floor, your lungs so occupied trying to catch a breath, your arms so frantically trying to keep you afloat, that you don’t think.
You could turn back to shore.
You could dive under the waves.
You could ride them until you’re breathless with giggles.
Instead, you focus on the waves crashing against your chest.
It’s time to take a breath.
Ignore the waves of overwhelm, just for a moment.
Think about the places you want to go. The things you want to achieve. The marks you want to make on the world.
In this moment, for this moment alone, what is most important to you? What calls to your soul more than anything else? What do you know in your heart to be most true?
That is your direction. That is your single next step. There’s no wrong choice here, as long as you’re truly moving toward what is important to you, what you want (and not what you think you “should” do).
Make this decision, and the world won’t end.
Make this decision, and the sky won’t fall.
Make this decision, and you won’t irreparably harm your business until the end of time.
Make this decision, and you won’t lock yourself into a course of similar decisions.
But make this decision? And the waves will stop crashing, at least for a little while.
Make this decision, and you will breathe easier.
Make this decision, and you will know how to make all the others.