In Over Her Head

Shel posted on the Laundry Line this week trying to keep her head above water.

“Maintaining a balance between being a professional, a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter and a friend is a challenge at the best of times, but right now, it feels especially challenging. Between hip replacements, broken limbs, engagements, major illnesses, teething, high profile projects, high maintenance customers, relationships, and work travel I am having difficulting maintaining my perspective. Deep breathes, quiet time, play and family time all help, but it is still overwhelming. I know it will pass, but would love some support. It feels a little like I am wading in the water, marathon style.”

Sounds like you could use some good waterwings, Shel. I think it was Virginia Satir who said ‘Don’t push the river. It flows by itself.” (If she didn’t say it, it’s something she would have said…) Hard advice to heed, especially if you feel like the river is rushing headlong toward you on its way to making the whitewater hall-of-fame.  What ya’ gotta do to earn your waterwings is ‘go with the flow’. Trite, I know. But life is like a river. It flows at different paces in different places. Sometimes it’s still. Sometime’s it’s swift. Sometimes it’s just a muddy mess. Being swamped can be part of the journey. I’m tempted to point you in the direction of a little Zen: Let go or be dragged.

In keeping with our theme: Float, or be drowned.

And, honey, if that doesn’t work – take a vacay.


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I’m a coach and consultant and in my spare time I like to cook and play house. I believe happy idleness is a purposeful pathway to a contented life. And I am happiest either in my pajamas or an apron – or both.

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