Sometimes life is overwhelming. Physically, emotionally and mentally exhausting. It can be for me, at least.
At these points, my body makes me slow down. I get sick. It's like my body plays its trump card and says, "Nope, you can't keep this going, I'm going to make you slow down."
Sometimes I get to that point without even doing all that much, but rather just thinking so much. It's really overwhelming to think about everything we have to do in our lives. About how much happens and how much we're responsible for over the course of our lives. I watched two videos last night that struck me with how the passage of our lives can be overwhelming - one was of 16 yrs worth of a man's selfies and the other was of an engaged couple aged 70 years with makeup.
It's really overwhelming to think of the life we are responsible for in the long-term. When I was young, I always wanted a magic button - one that would show me what my future would look like. I use to pray that God would show me the man I would marry, what I should major in, what job I should take, where I should live and I wanted to know it all right then. Foolishness. I'm glad I can't see my life in the long-term. It's just too much. Yes, it's exciting and beautiful. But it can be completely overwhelming.
I love the elephant analogy. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
How do you craft an excellent business? One step at a time.
How do you accomplish a life well-lived? One day at a time.
Eating an elephant, crafting an excellent business and accomplishing a life well-lived aren't easy ventures. In fact, they can be completely overwhelming. But when we look at them in pieces, the pieces seem more attainable. All the great things in life can only be completed by single steps, one day at a time.
Today, I'm taking solace in that.
Matthew 6:34 - Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.