Keep Your Eye on the Shovel

I don’t think it’s any secret to anyone who knows me that I’ve been feeling extremely overwhelmed of late. To the point where I’ve practically been paralyzed, and am only one day ahead on this blog, which adds to my stress and… well, it has a snowball effect for sure.

I think a great deal of my problem is that I tend to be someone who looks at the big picture. You’ve heard the expression, “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” Well, I am so focused on the forest that the individual trees tend to get neglected.

A friend of mine likes to say, “Keep your eye on the shovel.” Meaning, if you have an enormous mound of sh** to shift in your life, if you look up at the mound you’ll freak out because it just seems like an impossible task. So you keep your eye on the shovel. One shovel at a time, and before you know it, you look up and realize you’ve cut that mound down to a manageable size.

So my homework, against all logic and instinct, is to narrow my focus, cut down on my peripheral vision, and take things one step at a time. Therein lies sanity.


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