I just got back from a walk around our neighborhood and let me tell you, spring’s in the air! The sun’s shining (yes, the forecast is back to rain tomorrow but I’m soaking it up today!) and the yellow daffodils are adding bright splashes of color all over the neighborhood. I’ve even seen some blossom flower buds on the trees.
While on my walk, I couldn’t help but watch a squirrel for a few minutes. It was very busy picking long strands of woodsy fiber from disintegrated, old sticks off the side of a street and trying to gather them into a ball to make it easier to carry.
Not an easy task when the strands are long and you have to climb up a tree! But this little squirrel was amazingly adept at it. Once it made it to its nest, I watched how some of the strands got snagged by a branch and the ball unravelled…. the squirrel was determined, though, and didn’t let this setback thwart its effort to build a safe and warm nest for its babies. Quite inspiring!
Plopping down to get back to work after my walk, I had a question pop into my mind. Possibly getting a bit silly with the word jokes, I started thinking about this:
How do you put more SPRING in your step?
For me, it often feels like a fine balance between being productive but not overwhelmed. If I’m not being productive, it’s easy to start feeling lost, disconnected, or discouraged. This is not because there’s not enough work to do because you know as well as I do, there’s always work to do! It often comes from lack of clarity about the work to do or even not wanting to do the work in front of me as it’s not the type that provides me joy and energy.
On the other hand, if I have too much on my plate, I feel overwhelmed and anxious. Sometimes, life throws stuff at us that we don’t have control over but other times, we just try to tackle too much at once.
In my experience, I feel best when I can plug away at work that’s important to me and gives me joy. When the work matches my skill set well and makes me feel proud of what I can contribute. Even better if it gets me closer and helps me to make progress towards accomplishing a long-term goal.
At the beginning of this year, I set myself the goal to paint 20 hummingbird paintings by the end of March. As of today, I’ve finished 12 paintings. I feel good about the work I’ve done, the lessons I’ve learned and the progress I’ve made towards my goal.
What about you?
How do you work best? What type of work gives you energy and joy? Do you have any long-term projects you’re working on? How do you balance your work load so you feel productive without feeling overwhelmed?
Also, thinking of the squirrel and its challenges, how do we respond when we deal with challenges in our work? What helps us stay on course and determined to accomplish our goals and make our dreams a reality?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks for sharing!