I just wanted to scream. You know, the kind of scream that originates in your toes and flows all the way up through your body. The kind of scream that hurts to the point of feeling good. That kind of scream. Yes, that is what I felt compelled to do. Just let it all out with one giant scream. Wait. I wanted to curl up into a ball and pretend like no one could see me. That none of this was real. That this was all just a bad dream. A really bad dream. Yes, that was what I wanted to do. Disappear. Pretend it wasn’t happening.
Ever feel that way? I am sure you have. In fact, I am sure we all have at one time or another. And I am also fairly certain we have all experienced those feelings repeatedly. My most recent rendezvous with those feelings just happened to be this past week. I had to throw up the flag. I had to admit it can’t all be done, that I can’t do it all, and then I had to come to peace with that realization (something my perfectionist self did not like at all).
What it came down to was this – there were simply not enough physical hours this past week to get everything done that needed to be done at work, so work bled over into my personal time. That meant a lot of my personal stuff got dropped, rescheduled, etc. Sleep was lost, activities had to be cancelled, my meditation practice and my morning routine got skipped most days, my In Box was overflowing, and my weekly blog didn’t get published for the first time since I started it over a year and a half ago. I was feeling exhausted and out of control. I started to feel like a failure for not getting to everything, for having to cancel things, for not being good enough in general, for dropping the ball on my meditation practice, for not getting my weekly blog published, etc. It was a vicious, unproductive, ego-based cycle that was not serving me. Arrgghh!! I had to hit the “make it stop now” button. I had to pause, breathe, and get re-centered. I needed to figure out why things felt so out of whack. And so after spending some time chatting with a good friend and refocusing on what was really important, I had what I needed in order to understand the problem and let go of it.
The problem, as it turned out, is that I stopped honoring the boundaries I set for myself and for my daily life. I got lax with them and the net result was a state of unrest and imbalance that thoroughly wrecked my world for the better part of a week. Truth be told it will take the better part of this current week to fully rebound, but rebound I will because the alternative is not only unpleasant, but it doesn’t serve me or anyone in my life.
So my big lesson this past week was all about learning to surrender (okay I should really say it was remembering to surrender). Surrendering to the knowledge that I will occasionally neglect the boundaries I set for myself (it just happens on occasion). Surrendering to the fact that my ego-mind will sometimes win a few of the battles. Surrendering to the idea of asking for and accepting help from my friends and colleagues. Surrendering to what I cannot control and to the fact that I am human. It really, truly is exhausting trying to hold on to all of it. Hard as it can seem sometimes, surrendering it really is the better choice.