When you add something new to your life, do you subtract something else? Or do you keeping adding and adding and adding until you feel constantly overwhelmed?
If you’re an enthusiastic person like me, new activities can easily sneak into your day. You might think this opportunity is just too good to pass up or tell yourself it won’t take much time. Or you might be called to take on an important responsibility like caring for ill or aging parents.
But instead of subtracting another activity in order to stay in balance, you just pile on new ones, which naturally leads to tension, overload, and overwhelm.
You might be able to juggle all the balls at first. But, then that feeling of dread or overwhelm kicks in. That’s a sure sign it’s time to subtract, or you’ll just get pulled further and further down.