Everyone who ever heaped too much on their plate at the buffet can:
leave some things uneaten. Not tidy (think of starving children in 3rd world countries). If we leave it on our plate we’ll pick away at it – maybe finish it all eventually. We certainly won’t be available for anything more or new.
find a trash can, sweep away what you don’t need or want. Again, not tidy or socially appropriate.
get another plate. That’s innovative!
eat only what we need and leave the rest
invite a homeless hungry person to join you
Everyone who starts their week with full plates – without a buffet is sight faces these challenges:
can I take on anything more? (can I handle what I’ve got? can I off-load or delegate any of this?)
spreading things over two plates. Isn’t practical unless we divide/share and have someone worthy to share with or delegate to …
start with clean plate. Keep it as clean/vacant/available as possible, so when opportunities show up you can react.
Fresh week, fresh plate. Clean slate.
What’s on yours?
Is it empty, waiting for you to fill it – or is it already loaded?
How much of what you do today is last week’s buffet leftovers?
And how does that enable you to take on fresh work, fresh ideas, fresh initiatives this week?
What is loaded – is it worthy work, and are you poised to do your best? Or should you scrape some into the trash?
If I try very hard – and schedule carefully, there will be more room on this plate when next Monday arrives.
column written/ published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 7C/44F, cool, light breeze – no quiet available as a long heavy train moved out, drowning traffic, birds and tranquility – but still a great stroll, tested the foot on some hilly terrain and all went well. Gusta found some squirrels to annoy her …
Your musing touched a nerve this morning. Catching up on not sitting down to laptop yesterday. I often wonder about the spiritual aspect of things, being the believer that I am; in God, Jesus, Bible, and the overall end of life as we know it. Scripture tells me that if God's people will turn from their wicked ways, He, God, will save those people. Yet I see so much more evil than that which is being distributed by God's people, that I have to wonder. And would it take every single one of God's people to change the course of events? I have changed my heart many times over; to forgive, to love the unlovely, to still my angry words. But, am I enough? Just wondering....GW, Bon Wier, Tx.
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