As a writer, I find that nothing prevents my fingers from tapping on those little black keys more than feeling overwhelmed. I had planned on a leisure, uncomplicated summer. But I haven’t been able to break some old habits and allow myself the altitude I hoped for – time and space to finish another writing project.
So just in case you don’t come by it naturally like most humans, I thought I would pass on some wisdom on the subject of being perpetually overwhelmed with writing, responsibilities, and life in general.
I find that if you follow these simple steps, you can maintain a state of turmoil, panic, disorganization, and disappointment for the better part of each day.
1. Take yourself very, very seriously. Believe everything you think as it pops into your head. Know that you are probably right about everything and make sure those around you understand this. Make sure you are staying in charge, and keep telling yourself there is no need to listen to others’ opinions. This is a very effective device to keep you barely afloat in the ocean of life.
2. Always say yes. No request is too big – no task too much for you. After all, there are so few people in the world who can do things as well as you can, and you have an unending supply of time to spare. Deadlines? Scoff at them! Sleep? Who needs it! You are there to save the day and everyone in your world should know about it.
3. Forget about your obligation to be and do what God designed for you to be and do. He will understand. You can repay all His grace and mercy when you get everything else done. Actually, you probably have some pretty good ideas of what your life really should look like, and God will warm up to the idea if you just keep proving yourself.
Now, just keep following these simple guidelines and you’ll be overwhelmed in no time. Isn’t that what a good wife, mother, grandmother, writer, professional, Christian is supposed to be?
The world, our ego, our pride, and even our dreams tell us that’s true. Maybe it’s time to listen to our broken spirits, aching hearts, throbbing heads, and that small, still voice we have crowded out with the noise of our own voice.
What other ways can you suggest to stay overwhelmed? Have a particular thing that is keeping you from acquiring enough peace to write that book, go on that vacation, take a nap?