I heard someone say last week, that she no longer makes room for overwhelm.
Really? I didn’t think overwhelm worked like that. Whelm implies a flood…and a flood is irrisitable. A different thing, a foreign substance fills your surroundings and threatens your very life.
Water, or quicksand, can overwhelm you in a physical way.
Emotional overwhelm is actualy internally created. I think all of us have felt overwhelmed from time to time. I certainly know what it means when someone else tells me that they feel overwhelmed.
It’s a sense of helplessness. A sense of being trapped and incapable.
I guess if it comes from my mind, maybe I can turn it off. If I am overwhelmed by feelings and expectations, maybe I can change them.
How crazy is that?
I remember when my daughter was first born. I was overhwhelmed, totally. All the things it took to take care of a newborn! I felt that it would take everything I had and more and I would still fail.
I realized after several months that I was crying. I was crying every day. Not all day, but at least once a day.
I watched myself cry every day. I thought about it, and one day, when I was starting to cry because I was so overwhelmed, I was disgusted with myself. Not only was I so overwhelmed that I was crying, I was mad at myself for crying. It made me want to cry more.
So, that day, I saw myself, and I said to myself, “Crying is the problem, not the solution.”
After that I stopped crying. I did continue feelign overwhelmed, but at least I wasn’t mad at myself for crying.
I cry all the time.
But that was the day I decided to stop crying every day because i was scared and tired and ignorant.
I decided. and I stopped.
I wonder if I can just stop being overwhelmed.
I am going to try it.
Let’s see…Being overwhelmed is the problem, not the solution.
Yeah. That’s true.
Let me see if I can stop the problem