Sunday, July 17, 2011

Tick Tick Tick!

“A vitalized symbol
Of earth and of storm,
Of Chaos contrated,
To intricate form.”

   Oliver St. John Gogarty





What is the matter with me?
    tick tick tick
It is 1:20 a.m.

I have to sleep.
    tick tick tick
It is 1:24 a.m.

How did I get here?
    tick tick tick
It is 1:30 a.m.

How can I do it all?
    tick tick tick
It is 1:34 a.m.

Will they be all right?
    tick tick tick
It is 1:40 a.m.

 I can  make it work.
    tick tick tick
It is 1:46 a.m.

How?
    tick tick tick
It is 1:55 a.m.

Will I disappoint?
    tick tick tick
It is 1:57 a.m.

Can I just say NO?
    tick tick tick
It is 2:00 a.m.

I don’t know how?
    tick tick tick
It is 2:05 a.m.

There is so much to do.
    tick tick tick
It is 2:14 a.m.

Please let me sleep.
    tick tick tick
It is 2:18 a.m.


I am so tired.
    tick tick tick
It is 2:25 a.m.

I am sorry.
    tick tick tick
It is 2:30 a.m.

They will understand.
    tick tick tick
It is 2:42 a.m.

How do you, tell someone you have too much on your plate? 

Later

20 comments:

  1. Well... with me it shows all over my face so perhaps you won't won't have to say much more than "Sorry - Can't make it" Hang in there - I remember we didn't go anywhere off the farm until late August when the Fair came to a near by town or Labor Day's Picnic in my Hometown.

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  2. Just be perfectly honest! Say it like it is :)

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  3. You say, "I'm a tinsy bit over-whelmed", go back and re-prioritize. A good cry helps, then you wipe those tears, and you move on with only 1 thing at a time. It happens here too. It seems no one else "gets it" and there's only 1 of me. You can do it. I'm a believer. Debi

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  4. The great truth is that you can't take care of anything if you, yourself are not taken care of first. Just be true to yourself and put yourself and your own needs first so that you can then fulfill other commitments.

    And don't lose any sleep over it!

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  5. "No" is a very good word, but hard to say. Adding "I'm sorry" may make you feel better, but is unnecessary.

    I say "No, I can't ___." Or, "No, I won't ___." Then I might offer that I have too much on my plate. Most people will accept that, because most people have been in the same position at one time or another.

    Blessings!

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  6. I just say no. And, anymore I say it a lot. I just do everything for everyone.

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  7. oh dear. you're feeling terribly guilty and you shouldn't. with your schedule of farming and haying and everything else, you don't need to over-extend any more than you do at your own place!

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  8. According to John Tesh radio show,
    you say "I won't be able to.... but maybe another time". Evidently just saying NO means you might be able to be persuaded. Anyone who knows you should understand what you have on your plate. I hate nights like that.

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  9. ooooohhhh buttons, i feel your pain. my whole life, i have been the "glue" holding the entire family together.....doin it all, always smiling. self employed, working with the hubs, caring for 2very active kids......i did everything, i loved it. i starting saying no when i stopped loving it.

    it's so difficult but so necessary. here's my line, i hope you use it "no", i am so over-extended at this time, i could not possibly fit in one more thing", then you can tweak it to fit the situation you are discussing,

    good luck buttons.....people never even use to ask me if i could do something, they just told me i was!!!

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  10. ugh. just say, "call me back in october, and i'll see what i can do."
    ;o)

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  11. Practice. I know it sounds funny, but I make my students practice saying no all of the time. They only have 2 1/2 years to finish a 4 year high school program. When I notice they are spreading themselves too thin, I bring them into my office and we practice saying no. It really does work. I throw every senario at them and make them say, "no, my education is too important to me." Honestly practicing works. Especially when you say what you have to do is important at this time. Hope it helps.

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  12. Simply saying "NO" is so hard to do, but I am finally learning, and boy does it ever feel good! As a wise person recently told me..."Be true to who you are". Sometimes the only answer is "no"!

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  13. Ugh, I hate nights like that. I hope that you catch some sleep and things get easier!

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  14. Oh, those two a.m. heebee jeebies. Even when I tell myself they won't be as big when the sun shines on them; I have a lot of trouble believing it at the time.

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  15. I must have taken this the wrong way. Petal tells me I see things differently from others.
    I feel that you have been burdened with another item on the list and it's not just the last thing that has overwhelmed you....it's the lot that's going on at the moment. Go on.....Priority....down all tools and go have some fun for the day, you deserve some me time too...the rest will wait till tomorrow. Then you can say "no thanks"! Hugs Maa.

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  16. Got ya on this one. Always too much on the go.

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  17. That's a tough one for me. I have a habit of taking on way more than I can actually do and then regretting it afterwards. Maybe just say "I'd love to give this my full attention, but unfortunately I just don't have sufficient resources at the moment and I really don't want to let you down, so need to "turn this down".

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  18. Fabulous advice from everyone!

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  19. How did I miss this one? Mmm hmmm. The question that plagues in the night.

    Blessings, Debbie

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