In Others’ Words: What Gets Left Along the Wayside
In my life, Julie Andrew’s truth of “Unfortunately something always has to go by the wayside” translates into “You can’t do it all.”
I’ve watched other people juggle multiple major tasks — and I used to feel less than. I’d walk away and struggle to do more. And I’d fail. The truth is, I am not a good juggler. I’ve learned by trial and error — lots of error — that I can do one thing well at a time. And I’ve learned to be okay with that. I know who I am. I know what I can do. And I let the other stuff go by the wayside because I can’t do it all at the same time. Sometimes — most of the time — saying no is the wisest thing I can do.
I would rather do one thing well than pretend to do a lot of things well — and fail.
I’ve learned to let others be who they are — amazing seamstresses, quilters, gourmet cooks — while I discover who I am. And I’m letting me be me — and letting the nonessential stuff go by the wayside. Maybe, it’s not unfortunate that something always has to go by the wayside. Maybe it’s best to let things go … and be who we are meant to be, doing the things we are meant to do.
In Your Words: As you’ve gained a clear perspective of who you are, what have you left along the wayside?
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