Do you ever feel completely overwhelmed with your life? Literally like you are running on a hamster wheel that you can't get off of? I certainly have, in fact I wrote a song about it "A Lot to do Blues". (I wrote this and a series of other songs almost 20 years ago - be gentle when you listen ).
The song captures a time in my life when I was truly overwhelmed. A single mom of six children, working full time nights, trying to make ends meet while making sure all my children were safe, fed and loved. No small feat, let me tell you.
But this isn't about me, this is about all of us. We all have 'stuff' in our lives; heavy, daunting and sometimes just plain scary stuff. And what I found is that oftentimes this stuff can makes us feel very isolated, very frightened, and very inferior.
If you are alive, you are susceptible to 'stuff'. It's part of the human experience. We live among humans all experiencing their own 'stuff' and for NICU folks, we work among humans enduring pretty significant, in-your-face heart aching stuff. And yet, we often fail to see the stuff of others and consequently miss amazing opportunities to be of service, to heal, and to love.
I see busyness as a shield that keeps us at a safe distance from the 'stuff' other people may be going through. You know what I mean, that messy, personal, here come the tears and I have no idea what to say to make it stop, be better or go away. We say things like "I don't have time, I can't wait, I'm just too busy" or basically anything to avoid the discomfiture of raw human emotion. I mean after all, nobody wants to know your 'stuff', right?!
But, what if we could just stop ... for one minute ... to see their 'stuff'... unfettered by the 'work' it creates for us. If we could unbundle ourselves from our tasks, our schedules and our checklists to clearly see the human experience unfolding right in front of us, we would see ourselves - TRUTH!
What I know for sure is that we are not alone and we are not supposed to feel alone! If you've heard me speak, I always reference our shared humanity. I believe it's our shared humanity that allows each of us to be able to relate to other, to be there for another person, share their burden, lighten their load, empathize with them and be compassionate and kind. I mean after all when you get right down to it, we are not that different from each other. And at the end of the day we all just want someone to try a little kindness
Take care and care well,
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