An avalanche can occur at any moment on a mountain when there is increased load due to snowfall and can be strongly influenced by sunshine.
So you can be buried by an avalanche on a sunny day when everything seems sunny an beautiful
This month my schedule has felt like I was skiing down a mountain at breakneck speed trying to escape an avalanche on a sunny day. I had so many great things happening but felt completely overwhelmed.
One of the definitions of “overwhelmed” is: to cover or bury beneath a mass of something, as floodwaters, debris, or an avalanche.
That definition explains how I have been feeling…buried.
In May, I have moved, I rented my old home out beginning in June so I’ve been getting it ready for our new tenants in the evenings after I leave the office. I’ve had end of year events at my kids schools, my oldest daughter turned 16 and we took her out of town for her birthday, I’ve had speaking engagements, board meetings, consulting appointments, and meetings at my church. This has all happened in 21 days. It’s all been wonderful, but I have felt buried at the same time.
What completely thew off my schedule was moving and getting my other home ready to rent. It was going to happen. It was headed straight at me and it was something that I couldn’t avoid. I saw it coming but underestimated the amount of load and force it would place on my schedule.
When you are buried, it’s okay to ask for help – KC Cupp
When our schedules bury us, we can choose to stay buried or invite others to help dig you out.
I chose to ask for help.
During the last 21 days I have constantly asked myself:
“Who has the kind of shovel I need to help dig me out and help me breathe a little easier?” I didn’t just need anyone
with a shovel. I needed specific shovels, with a specific purpose.
- I needed someone with a speaking shovel to dig me out of my speaking engagements
- I needed a construction shovel to dig me out of my projects at the rental
- I needed a meeting shovel to dig me out of my meetings
This question helped me to:
- Hire people to work on my home even though I had the skills to complete the projects my self
- Ask others to lead some of my meeting that I really wanted to be at
- Delegate speaking engagement to some great leaders
When you are feeling overwhelmed, ask yourself: Who has to right kind of shovel to help dig me out?
Finding people with the right kind of shovel helped me to breathe and make room for the move and rental project.
We will always have seasons of our life when we are overwhelmed with our schedule.When the avalanche hits, are you willing to ask for help and let go of the things that you would normally take on?
Questions: What do you do when your schedule feels overwhelming? Leave me a comment on my Facebook or Twitter!