It's Time You Realized You Can't Do Everything

It's Time You Realized You Can't Do Everything

Let the world down from your shoulders.

Dealing with pressures and anxieties associated with life’s obstacles is a daily burden. Whether you’re overworked, stressed about school, or the future you see for yourself seems to slowly become more foggy than clear; the pressure of your responsibilities is detrimental to your health.

What’s worse is when the pressures that you feel are the result of your very own doing. I know i’m not alone when I confess that I am often times a bit of a perfectionist. Working tirelessly to succeed, to always be the best at what it is that I do, and to put all my effort into every task - great or small. Still, even a perfectionist knows their limit. I also have a tendency to not say no, which becomes another unfortunate pressure. Not only do I take on my own responsibilities, but I also willingly take on the responsibilities of others when I am asked to do a task. I know that I am beyond busy, yet I say yes because I fear letting anyone down.

Sounds sweet right?

It doesn’t feel that way when it’s 2 a.m. and there’s still so much to take care of and not enough time to complete it all. Most can attest to the feeling of not wanting to disappoint others, while also feeling helpless when it comes to accomplishing so many daunting tasks that just seem to be piling up like unwanted junk mail all at once.

To these issues, I have no definite solution, however I have come to realize that there are a few ways to alleviate some stress. Making time for yourself is important, especially for someone who likes to please others, because people of this nature tend to put their needs on hold to care for the needs of others. This only creates a boiling pot of stress which eventually boils over, spewing all the bottled tension out onto those who may not deserve such wrath.

Having someone to confide in helps tremendously. Someone close who’s willing to lend an ear just so that you can express how you truly feel, without feeling censored, is especially important for people who feel overwhelmed and may not have the opportunity to release their honest feelings at any given time. So grab a friend, sibling, or parent who will listen in detail to what’s on your mind. Even if they can’t offer any advice, just the act of listening is enough for anyone because at least you will feel you are being heard.

Although I still struggle with saying no to people, especially people I care about, I know that we are all just human. That’s right, no super heroes or mutants with unlimited supplies of power or omniscience, just plain old human, therefore my capabilities are limited. As a human, I can only do so much. I must learn that I can’t agree to do everything that is thrown at me. My personal challenge is to work on firmly declining requests when I am fully aware of the overwhelming work load I already have. Remaining firm in my diction and reminding myself that I am not being selfish or inconsiderate rather making time for “me” will ensure that I understand my strengths and acknowledge that I am no superwoman nor do I wish to be.

Recognizing that you don’t have to do or be everything is something that perfectionists find difficult. Once this is acknowledged, the road to lightening the heavy burdens we build for ourselves becomes clear. This opens our lives for time to be spent doing important things such as spending time with people we care about and and appreciating all that life has to offer.
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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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