Too Much on My Plate · 27 April 2019

Sometimes we pile too much on our plates.

Sometimes I pile too much on my plate. (Okay, if you have ever seen me at a potluck, I usually pile too much on my plate. There is usually just so much that I want to try. But that is a completely different story.) I get busy at work and at home doing so much stuff. I have lists of things to do. Writing projects to finish, writing projects to start, blog posts to polish, stuff for work so the students do not revolt, stuff at home so the house is not revolting, a few things at church every once in a while, and all sorts of other things.

But I guess life is like that. You just keep piling things on. Sometimes because you want something to do. Or even need something to do. Sometimes because you think you are the only one who can do it. Sometimes just because you like to have too much on your plate. You like to overcommit. Overindulge. Overeat. (Oops. That is the other story.)

Maybe that is it really. At least for me. I just like to keep busy. I like to be doing something all the time. Whether it is learning or creating or even just doing something mundane. I like to do.

But there is value in sitting too. Of just being. Especially, if you are just doing nothing with somebody you love. After all, just being together doing nothing is valuable time. Time well spent.

I know that my time is limited. There are only twenty-four hours in a day. There are only seven days in a week. There are only fifty-two weeks in a year. And we are not guaranteed any of them. Which is probably why we try to put so much on our plates. Why we try to go through life balancing that plate piled high with veggies and bread and pasta and even desserts. (Oops. Wrong story again.) But regardless of what we are piling on our plates, we surely need to make sure that we are taking care of the important things. That we are investing our time wisely, doing what we need to do. Sure, we need to work hard. We need to finish those important projects. But we need to make sure we carve out time for those people who are important to us. Sometimes, we just need to sit and be with people. Sometimes, we just need to enjoy the moment. Savor the time we have.

And after we savor those precious moments, we can take our time and dig into that overloaded plate again.

© 2019 Michael T. Miyoshi

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