Balance… And How I’m Not Very Good At It

The more women I talk to, the more aware that I become that we all seem to pride ourselves on being really good multi-taskers.  Many of us go to work, volunteer, are caregivers (whether that be to the young or the old), tend to the house, cook, plan parties and play dates, help out friends, and the list goes on… Sometimes all of these to-do’s land on the same day!
As we sit exhausted by the end of the day, we pat ourselves on the back and say, “boy, I’m a good multi-tasker.” The truth of it is, we’re probably not that good 🙂 What?! How dare I!
As I sat in meditation today (due to the fact that my hip, knee, and ankle have been hurting for 2 days and I still haven’t made time to sit and listen!), I saw an image very similar to this

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Ahhh, I get it now! If we don’t take the time to refuel ourselves in whatever way we know how (energy treatments, quiet meditation, prayer, reading, going for a silent walk… whatever fills your heart), then eventually the bucket runs dry. Multitasking just creates more holes.  The more we commit ourselves to doing, the less energy we have to be able to put toward each task. 
Ideally, we would be able to limit our commitments to just 2 or 3 a day, patch up each hole as we finish a task and move on to the next. We would remember to do something for ourselves to refuel and we would start fresh the next day.  But life happens.  We over-commit, we forget to patch, and we have days when we feel so drained that we wonder how we’ll start over again the next day… or even how we’ll drag ourselves up to bed that night (after we wash the dishes of course).
I’m not writing this post to chastise or to try to convince you to do less.  I know that there are many of you out there that can’t promise to do that.  However, I am writing to share my own awareness with you.  With awareness, comes choice.  Do I hobble up the stairs and go on with my life and my never ending to-do’s? Or do I stop, take a moment to sit, refuel, and start my day fresh? I know what I choose today.
And oddly, the pain has already gone.
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!
-Maria

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