This is not a post about peace and zen. I am not touching my fingertips together and saying Om. I have no wisdom whatsoever about how to be a calmer person.
I just have one thing to say about not enough time, too much to do and feeling frantic and overwhelmed: slide into home with your hair on fire.
That’s exactly what I was doing at 1 a.m. last night when I was creating the final materials for the last day of my current blog class. I didn’t want to be up at that hour; I prefer sleep. But earlier in the day, I was driving to Scouts, buying stuff to make the mandatory ten dozen items for the school bake sale and doing work that pays me by the hour.
I’m not bitching. I’m just saying that sometimes doing what it takes to get things done is a freak show of frenetic activity and long hours. But even with a broken internet connection and copy that could have used more proof-reading, I slid right into home. In total flames.
Maybe you think “in flames” means “a bad thing.” I might have, too, if I still believed everything had to be perfect. “It was perfect or it was toast” was my old view.
I don’t look at things that way now. Instead I now see toast as plenty good enough because toast represents DONE. Toast means that I can test and try ideas and see what might catch fire in a good way. Flames are exactly how things happen, while you’re working on them AND after they find an audience.
The bloggers in my class have been burning the midnight oil, too.
The theme song for the Blog More, Stress Less class was “Bring the Funk.” I’ve replayed that song more than a few times as I stayed up late to give feedback on blog posts for participants. I love the line “we’re gonna turn this muth-a out.” The bloggers in class sure turned it out. I was in awe of how many of them caught fire.
Here’s just a sample of what I’ve been sipping as I watched them light it up. (There were so many more who don’t have live blogs yet, but they’re here in spirit, too.)
- Jennifer Armstrong, Then There Was Joy
- Deena Baikowitz, How to Deliver a Really Bad Elevator Pitch (& other Networking No No’s)
- John Fritz, Squirming: It’s Not Just for Halloween Anymore
- Dana Frost, The Gift of Pain
- Diane Hunter, Chilean Miners Inspire Hope and Possibility
- Debi Johnson, The Holidays Melt My Heart
- Nona Jordan, Taking shavasana at the end of your project
- Sue Kasson, How To Be Miserable In 3 Easy Steps
- Melanie Marx, The Altar of Not Enough
- Kathleen McGloin, Are You Ready to Strip It Off?
- Helen Samson Mullen, Soaring Above Circumstance
- Delanie Neville, Mo and Baccus Try the Pack on for Size
- Darliss O’Donnell, And the castle floors will be heated!
- Theresa Robbins, The Power of Being Real
- Stacey Shulman, Fighting Words
- Jen Trulson, Permanent Pleasure
- Jennifer Voss, Love Yourself While Seeing Yourself There
- Crystal Williams, Hand Puppet Marketing
- Renee Yemma, To Gym or Not to Gym
It’s quite a bonfire when a whole bunch of people slide into home with their hair on fire.
We’re going to need marshmallows. Lots of marshmallows.
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