Overwhelmed with going back to work after vacation, with finding child care so I can write more, with the impending back to school transition, I felt paralyzed. But as I watched Daniel taking one teeny step at a time, I remembered the concept of baby steps. Every day I see him trying, learning, growing more confident. He’s not leaping tall buildings in a single bound, but with every step he gets closer to walking on his own.
This morning, I tried to apply that idea to my work. Step one - I blocked off some time for writing. Step two – I looked at the outline for my second novel. Step three – I met my small daily writing goal. Just taking those three steps helped me to breathe more easily.
I have to remind myself that my job is to do the footwork, to trust that it is enough, and to enjoy the journey. As long as I’m moving forward, no matter how slowly, I am doing my job.
What helps you when you feel overwhelmed?