Today was one of those bustling type of days; those days that seem to fly by (actually, a lot of my days seem to be like that). The days that you literally feel like you are running from here to there, all day; in your car, out of your car; picking something up, dropping something off. But in the midst of my busyness, I had a few moments to sit and think about what busybody lifestyle our society encourages. I may sound like a broken record, but we are ingrained with busyness; it’s in our blood (maybe that’s what the “B” stands for in blood types: BUSY…not serious here!). But as I am now sitting and recalling my active day, and after listening to conversations about the craziness of our day-to-day lives, I was quietly reminded about Unexpected Health. Ah yes, the health we discover in the most unexpected of experiences. Well, hold on to your seats, because I have discovered the Unexpected Health in…being overextended.
That’s right folks. For all of you exhausted owners, at-the-end-of-your-rope mothers, overworked associates, and anyone else feeling like they need to clone themselves in order to get tasks accomplished, there is health in the frenzy.
When we are overextended, it often means (among other not so healthFUL things, which I’ll explain in a minute) that we contribute greatly to our surroundings. It means that we have SO many gifts that we have a hard time scheduling our days to fit all of our gift-giving abilities in. When we are too busy to get everything done in a day because we have so many abilities to contribute, it is a sign that we are practicing humanity…and any healthFUL practice of humanity is healthy.
Now, we have to be careful not to burn ourselves out, which is doing humanity NO justice. And being overextended can be an indicator of self-scheduling issues, which should be examined. But, the healthFUL nugget of knowledge to remember is that if you are overextended; if you just don’t have enough hours in the day, consider yourself a blessing to your world. You are sharing your gifts. And your gifts are so plentiful that others want more and more and more of YOU.
So the next time you feel overwhelmed, overworked and just plain overextended, remember what I’ve said. Don’t get caught up in the fury of the frenzy, but do get caught up in the love–the health–you are sharing. -Until tomorrow, Jaime
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