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Being Overwhelmed October 9, 2009

Posted by Ann Bertorelli in Personal Observations.
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Marli & Thomas at park by Amara Ann Bertorelli

I have not written a blog post since Labor Day weekend—roughly a month ago. And the reason for that is that I have been overwhelmed with busyness. Bad stuff? Nope, it’s all been stuff that I really, really wanted to do. But it has put me in a state of overwhelm.

And it strikes me that many of the people I know experience overwhelm on a regular basis. Doing lots of good stuff is great, however, having a negative judgment about your level of busyness qualifies as overwhelm. The Buddhists have a saying: Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional. What causes us to suffer is the belief that things are not as they should be.

It’s my opinion that many busy people choose to stay that way because this prevents them from looking at the issues in their lives that they’d rather not face. It’s much easier to keep trotting through life pushing aside that nasty self-discovery stuff. Taking a deeper look might result in some very difficult decisions having to be made.

With that in mind, I asked myself what I could be avoiding. And yes, I did come up with some answers—not to be shared in this post.  🙂  But since I am a person who believes wholeheartedly in introspection, I have made some declarations about changing my state of overwhelm and have taken actions as a result of my declarations. I offer these to all of you overwhelmed sorts in the hope that my solutions will inspire some of your own.

First, because I know that I need to be home to feel nurtured and balanced, I have concentrated on really being at home. And since messiness and clutter make me cranky, I decided to concentrate on de-cluttering my environment. I have made some headway in attacking the clutter that erupts when I am not home on a consistent basis. There is still much to do there but I am satisfied with what I have accomplished so far.

Second, I have made a conscious effort to find time for creative things that I like to do. I have spent time working on “the next quilt” which is to be an entry in a challenge that my quilting guild is sponsoring. The challenge is to create a quilt suggested by the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. And yes, I am well aware that even in my creative life I always have to set a goal for myself—I can’t help it, it’s who I am…

Third—I went to the park with my grandchildren. We ran around (oh alright, they ran around and I followed at a more sedate pace). We collected acorns and rolled them down the slides—multiple times. If you haven’t ever tried it, I highly recommend acorn-rolling as an overwhelm reliever.

And lastly, I have gotten back to my meditation schedule. I always feel that something is missing when my spiritual practices get pushed aside.

So, I am feeling better and my mood of overwhelm has drifted away—at least for today—and that’s perfect.




1. Christy - October 9, 2009

I agree that not accepting painful things in life leads to suffering. It can be so hard to look at those things. What great ideas for changing your mood!

edgyangel - October 9, 2009

Thanks for the comment, Christy…sounds like you’ve had some experience with the struggle!

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