Raise your hand if you're known to think - or utter - the words "When I get caught up..." with any regularity. You too? Yea. Time to cut it out. All of us. We're teasing ourselves. Or - worse - torturing ourselves. It's not a Caught Up Kind of World we live in. Maybe it never was.
How do we learn to be okay with the fact that there's always going to be more to do, though? How to we learn to be okay with a to-do list that has unchecked items remaining, ready to move to tomorrow's list, then the next day's after that? I don't know, but I think we have to try.
Timely as ever, Seth Godin wrote, in, Dancing on the Edge of Finished - "We were trained to finish our homework, our peas and our chores. Today, we're never finished, and that's okay." Then... "It's a dance, not an endless grind."
Some days I know it's okay. Which is better than the times I forget. I'm starting to think the trick really is about noticing just how many of those peas I put on my plate in the first place. So I'm trying to figure out how to manage the Yes to No Ratio. Which is to say which things I agree to take on vs. which ones I graciously pass on. My ratio gets way off, too often.
And tomorrow is another day...