September 21, 2015
We’ve all heard (and probably used) the phrase “I have a lot on my plate right now.” That metaphor can go on forever if we let it: bigger or smaller plate, more or fewer things on it. In “jaws”, Roy Scheider’s character utters the famous line “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” once he got a good look at the much sought-after fish. And sometimes when we look at the jaws of our to-do list, we think we’re gonna need a bigger plate.
Your plate is just fine…the load is the issue.
Loading our plate with too much can make it messy, smear the boundaries between items, force things off the edges. Just looking at it leaves no space for enjoyment and celebration of each item. We lose our appetite and deny ourselves the nourishment we should be deriving. Loading our plate with too many things can break it.
Being mindful helps you pay close attention to what you feel as you move through your responsibilities. Are you feeling love and excitement? Joy and celebration? Fulfillment and anticipation? When you look at your clock and calendar, do you see a cluttered mess? Promises falling off the edges?
You are a loving, creative, expanding Intention of the universe. If you’re not feeling the love, creativity and expansion of who you are as you move through your day and life, it’s time to reassess. Too many things on your plate? What are the messy items you can clean up or eliminate? What deserves more attention? What can you right-size? Do you need to rethink items you are considering adding? Can you replace some with others?
Whatever you decide to do, do it with great love. Love what you’re taking on, love what you’re giving away, love the tidying up. The great love of who you are is at work here – take a good look, take a deep breath, make the decision, and get back to the joy. It’s who you are.