It’s so easy for me to get overwhelmed by life. I feel like I just blinked, and now it’s almost June?! How did this happen?? And then if I think about all the things I wanted to do by now I get swallowed up in the overwhelm.
So how do I not just give up and hide under my covers? Well some days I feel like doing just that. However, this rarely serves me. Most days I attempt to push through and try to remain open to all the many teachers available to me. In fact recently a friend sent me a clip of Oprah giving a speech about handling life when overwhelm hits. She says, “The way through the challenge is to get still and ask yourself what is the next right move. Not thinking uhhhhh I’ve got all this to do, but what is the next right move. And from that space what is the next right move and the next right move. And to not be overwhelmed by it because you know your life is bigger than that one moment.”
This is a very simple premise. And by saying out loud a simple phrase like “what’s the next right move” you can potentially prevent anxiety from taking hold of you. By asking yourself this, you aren’t getting stuck in your head on a merry-go-round, you are taking control and moving forward. Even a baby step forward, still counts as movement.
But one thing I have to remember is it’s not enough to ask myself that question. Once I figure out what’s the next right move, I must act. I cannot expect results without taking action. I used to think/hope that a letter would arrive in my mailbox saying, “Congrats you didn’t have to do anything and now all your hopes and dreams are fulfilled. YAYYYY!” That’s not how it works. We must act.
Yes it’s risky, but it’s ALWAYS worth it. Regardless of the outcome.
And as good ‘ole Mark Twain said:
Twenty years from now
You will be more disappointed
By the things you didn’t do
Than by the things you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Happy Memorial Day weekend all!
Take care of YOU.