“Next time you are feeling overwhelmed remember the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.'”
Catherine Pulsifer

After vacation, I usually feel overwhelmed. My paperwork/email/snailmail have piled up and I start to think of all the would of/should of/could of’s that would have made the transition easier.

This time I’m starting with one acorn. Good news. I received an acceptance for another poem. This time in a print literary journal, that will come out next spring.I’ll post more about that when it’s out. My other acorn today will be…Call Goddard and find out if my credits will transfer, so I can get ready to go back to school next spring. If so another acorn is planted.

A really wonderful writing teacher said to me “anything worth doing is worth doing imperfectly” sometimes we become so overwhelmed with life that we sit paralyzed and do nothing. Today what can you do to make your life easier? It could be something for your writing life, like cleaning your desk, or organizing your files, or something personal like paying those bills that you have been putting off or getting rid of some clutter. I’m a list person, I like to make little boxes next to my to-do list and check each one off. Today, make a list of 10 things that if completed would make the overwhelmed feeling lessen. Now get back to work!


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2 Replies to “Overwhelmed?”

  1. You’re absolutely right – I feel overwhelmed and paralyzed so often. I stand at my desk or the nearby drawing table that usually serves as the auxiliary desk and shift the piles around. Must stop that! It feels so good to cross things off my list.

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