A Small Enlightening

Day 30 of my Slice of Life

My husband was texting with his younger brother this evening and started chuckling.

“What’s so funny?” my nosy self asked.

“Oh John sent me a screen shot of some domain names,” he then listed off the names.

I didn’t see the humor, so naturally I responded with a snarky, “I guess you had to be there.”

To which he replied with, “Shut up. Read your book.” I wasn’t reading, but even if I were, making a comment of how much I read is far from an insult.

Scoffing, “You’ve been reading more than me lately. I have so many books I want to read. I just need to figure out what is important.”

I didn’t realize what this off the cuff remark really meant right away.

“I need to figure out what is important.” I actually repeated this out loud to myself.

It can pertain to so many aspects of life. Not just which book I should start reading first.

Life can get overwhelming. Some days I feel like I’ve got it all together. And some days it is as if I just can’t catch up.

All the stuff starts piling up like dishes in a sink. There are some days I think eff it, let the dishes sit there. But doing that too often leads to dishes spilling onto the floor. It becomes so overwhelming I don’t know where to start, and then I feel like just shutting down. Again.

I see this a lot at school with students who get failing grades. They get so far behind they either give up completely or they slowly start chipping away at that failing grade by focusing on what’s important and completing one assignment at a time.

I need to take some of my own advice that I give to my students. Maybe this is something we all need to do from time to time. Whether it is with a to-read pile or the bigger stuff. Take a minute, focus on what’s important, and keep moving one step at a time.

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