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My brain has too many tabs open.

Too busy

According to the Wisdom of the Internet I am either too self-centered to be a good friend, or I’m powerfully purpose-driven. Either way, I’m too busy.

This quote from Mandy Hale says, "A person being 'too busy' is a myth. People make time for the things that are really important to them!"
Sorry, Mandy, I disagree. This concept that being “too busy” is a myth can be a really toxic idea. It belittles the struggles of those whose lives sometimes become overwhelming. If being too busy were a myth, then no one would ever need to set boundaries, or “‘make time’ for the things that are really important.” (Quote from LiveLifeHappy)
This image says, "My brain has too many tabs open."
This. Yes. This is how I feel too often, lately. (Quote from BrainScape)

What’s the problem?

These last few weeks have been packed, for me. Sometimes urgencies that are not under my control elbowed their way in. I was pulled away from work that took longer than expected, by planned things that “needed doing.”

I’ve missed normal schedules for blog posts (such as this one, for instance!). Stayed up too late, even for me (the graveyard shift is my most productive time). Been forced to drop some things half-done. 

And there you have the nub of it. I have a lot of unfinished business. Pulled away too often. Too many things dropped half-done.

This quote from David Allen says, "Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started."
David Allen makes a really good point. It’s true I have a whole bunch of stuff to do in a short period. But the picking-it-up-then-having-to-put-it-down-and-shift-focus routine is what makes me truly frazzled. (Quote image from TooMuchOnHerPlate).

Now, it’s not as if I’m running in place. I can see that incremental progress is indeed happening on several long-term goals. All that effort does appear to be having an effect. But I still feel I’m a long way from finishing several big priorities that mean a lot to me.

Why so busy?

It’s a busy season for me, for several reasons. It’s the turn of the year. That means it’s the end of a fiscal year for my personal business, Artdog Studio, as well as for my new LLC, Weird Sisters Publishing. Reports, wrapping up bookkeeping, and strategic planning for the year to come are all part of that.

My own personal blogging has been disrupted more than I expected by the need to prepare a post every week for The Weird BlogI’d gotten to the point where I was regularly producing three posts per week for Artdog Adventures, so I figured it’d be easy enough to add just one more, especially with my sister writing approximately half of them. 

Well, guess what? Not as easy as it looked.

On the personal front, there’s my 95-year-old father needing more care and attention (thank God the whole family’s pitching in on that), and my daughter’s chronic illness has flared up twice since the end of 2019.

But don’t forget the fun stuff

Oh, yeah, and there’s also making artwriting another bookshepherding the cover design process for two different books (more on those in future posts), and figuring out how to market everything.

This quote from Kangngaudaube Irang says, "Being busy is not a curse to mankind. Being busy is all about a struggle for better lives. And being busy is how you get to enjoy the real service of life. Being idle is empty. And being idle is being so small of your world. Stay busy."
Kangngaudaube Irang thinks more the way I do. I don’t like to be idle. It’s empty and It’s also boring. Being busy is better, as long as one doesn’t get too busy. It’s a difficult balance to walk. (Quote from YourQuote)

So, no. I’m not unhappy about my currently too busy life. To a certain extent I’m apologizing for my irregular blog-posting schedule. I also hope to offer a glimpse of what’s been going on with me. Next week, things should smooth out. Several major hurdles should be in the rearview.

And when I finally get to roll out some of those creative projects I’ve been working on, I dearly hope you’ll be pleased.

This quote from Eleanor Roosevelt says, "In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility."
Here’s hoping I’m making the right ones, Eleanor!  (Quote image from TooMuchOnHerPlate).

IMAGE CREDITS: Many thanks toLiveLifeHappy for the quote from Mandy Hale, even though I respectfully disagree. I also want to thank BrainScape for the “too many tabs” image,  and TooMuchOnHerPlate for the quotes from David Allen and Eleanor Roosevelt. Finally, thanks also to Kangngaudaube Irang and YourQuote for the “stay busy” sentiment.

100 years since the War to End all Wars

Unfortunately, it didn’t end all wars. It barely paused them, as we know too well today. But let us stop for a moment today to consider all of those who have died to defend our freedoms, and all the decisions–both foolish and wise–that have been taken in regard to war and its waging, since that day.

I live in the metro area that’s home to the National World War I Museum and Memorial (they don’t all have to be in Washington, DC!), where they’ve been rolling out a massive retrospective and display after display as the 100-year anniversaries of various battles and other events from that war unfold. Now we’ve come to the centennial of the end of that war. Yes, it’s a big deal.

The National World War I Museum and Memorial’s celebration of the centennial of the Armistice currently includes a projection of several images, including the striking poppies, on the Memorial obelisk at night.

One hundred years ago today . . . what was it like? Here’s a gallery of images from that day.

The signing ceremony that sealed the Armistice: Image by Maurice Pillard Verneuil – Maurice Pillard Verneuil, Kamu Malı,
American soldiers in the field (64th Regiment of the 7th Division) celebrate news of the Armistice. This photo is from the U.S. Army – U.S. National Archive, Public Domain.
Celebrants riding a bus in London, while waving arms and flags.
Jubilant women show their delight in Sydney, Australia on Armistice Day.
People turned out in a somewhat impromptu but clearly delighted crowd in Vincennes, France once they heard the news.
Americans back home also turned out in force to march, wave flags, and generally spread their joy.

There are many more such photos to be seen and enjoyed online. I particularly appreciated Mashable’s collection (which includes some of the images I chose, but has a lot more, too).

It may seem simple-minded to say this, but war is bad. It’s terrible for the fighters, the civilians caught in the middle, and the environment, too. Unfortunately, it also can be good for some types of industries, companies, leaders, and governments, so we can never allow our vigilance to wane.

It’s especially hard to remember how awful war is, when you’ve been at peace for a while. I hope you’ll look back, enjoy these photos from a different time, and pay particular attention to the joy and intense relief in the people’s facesEnding this war was good for all of them, because war is humankind’s worst invention, and they’d just had a long, ugly taste of it.

Celebrate, yes. Thank a veteran, certainly! But then get involved in efforts to keep the local, national, and international focus on working for peace.

IMAGES: Many thanks to Minnesota Mom’s blog, via Pinterest, for the illustrated quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, and to The National and the AP, via Pinterest, for the photo of the poppy projections at the National World War I Museum and Memorial. For the vintage images in the Armistice Gallery, I’d like to thank Wikimedia for the Maurice Pillard Verneuil image of the signing of the Armistice; Wikimedia again, along with the US Army and the US National Archive, for the photo of the celebrating 64th; to Great War London for the celebration-on-the-bus photo from London; to Anzac Portal’s “Australians on the Western Front” image gallery for the photo of the delighted women in Sydney; to the FranceArchives page, “Proclamation de l’armistice de 1918” for the photo of the happy crowd in Vincennes, France; and to Mashable, via the Hulton Archive/Getty Images, for the photo of the parade in the US. And happy Veterans Day to all.

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