“A short while ago I stepped outside of my comfort zone and discovered that I had inadvertently left the key on the other side of the door.” Someone I Know
The mysterious they that people refer to say the best way to eat an elephant is one piece at a time. You do remember they, don’t you? They are the folks who have the answers to anything and everything.
Anyway I used to hate the “eat an elephant one piece at a time” expression but have come to appreciate it because it makes sense to me and when you are talking about philosophy that is important.
That is because the answer to the best way to go through life is subjective so we have to figure out what sort of path/approach makes our heart smile and our soul sing.
One Step At A Time
One step at a time is an expression that I have heard my entire life. I don’t want to wait to eat the elephant one piece at a time, I want to consume it all right now. I want to open wide and swallow the damn thing in one bite.
While it might be fair to say I have a big mouth even I don’t have the sort of gaping maw that can handle that bad boy–not to mention that my dysfunctional digestive system would enter full mutiny mode and that is a battle I am not real interested in fighting.
So when there is a lot going on and I feel a bit crazed because my to do list feels like it will never be to done I have learned to take a deep breath.
As my grandfathers and father have taught me I can only do what I can do so there is no point in beating myself up about not being able to stop time, fly or see the future.
One step at a time means take care of my business as it comes and try not to worry because it is wasted energy.
Easy To Say But Hard To Do
My kids have heard all this many times. When they feel pressure because they think they have too much homework I smile and tell them to break it up into bite size pieces. ‘Don’t make yourself crazy trying to do everything at once. Focus on small pieces and in a short time you won’t have much if anything left to do.”
I said the words out loud while writing them and laughed because it was ridiculously easy. But I would be lying if I said my mind isn’t whirling at a mile a minute. I have got things to do and I can’t start some of them until I get answers to some questions.
But I can’t get these answers until the people I am waiting for give me answers to other questions so all of these projects are tied up in one giant domino line.
Writing Is Cathartic
Writing is cathartic. It makes me feel better to put these words on this page and share them with you.
That is because when you lay things out online it makes it easier to see just what sort of things we are dealing with. It helps put them into context and makes it easier to identify what is what, which is which and what my priorities should be.
If you haven’t tried it I highly recommend doing so.