The weight of today.

“No man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today, that the weight is more than a man can bear.” – George Macdonald

How often do you do this? Take on more than you can handle? Bite off more than you can chew?

Or do you expect too much from yourself or others? When people don’t produce what you’ve expected do you find yourself down, distraught or anxious? When you don’t do what you think you should do, how do you treat yourself?

Placing unrealistic expectations on yourself or others to perform, grow, learn or produce at a certain level can cause stress and leave you on an emotional roller-coaster, never able to “catch up’ with your work, just looping around the ride in up-and-down fashion.


So… slow down there, Nelly. Lets break. it. down.

Have a monthly goal?

How can you divide tasks and duties down into a weekly schedule?

Now how can you make a to-do list for your day? Depending on your schedule, you may find that it’s only “realistic” to do two or three things per day on your to-do list.

But consider this when planning the break-down schedules to reach your goal… what are the pressures on you to meet your goal?

Is it your health? Is it the dwindling emotional/physical/spiritual health of a relationship? Is it financial hardship? See if you can pinpoint the cause of the pressure. What makes you feel like you MUST rush faster to your goals? And what if you would entertain the possibility that this may possibly be a construct you unconsciously created to keep the ego in a “rush, strive, try, over-extend” pattern that may seem like it is helpful, but mostly just leaves you stressed, tired, anxious and still far from your goal?

Sad, but true, that today people often feel that if they are not stressed or anxious about something then they must not be very productive people. Maybe they’re lazy if they’re not worried about something. So then care-free translates into care-less.

Not so.

Sit still for ten minutes and consider some things. Breath deeply. Focus on your breath.

Matthew 11:29-30

29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Jesus

He was all like… chill. out. I got this.

“Although the process of anxiety is undoubtedly universal and occurs in all cultures, diagnosable anxiety appears to affect Western society, in particular us Americans, more than other cultures. This implies that there is either (a) something completely wrong with how we conceptualize anxiety or (b) that there are factors that are characteristic of Western culture that are largely absent/not as pervasive in non-Western cultures. Science has clearly supported the latter view and we will now examine potential culprits as to why we are so bound up with anxiety disorders in our society.” from “Why American Culture is Plagued by Anxiety: Two Good Reasons”

Two reasons for anxiety as listed in this article:

Keeping up with the Joneses or “normalcy bias”

Strive for achievement motivation

Hollywood's Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939

“I won’t think of it now. If I do, I’ll go crazy.  I’ll think of it later when I can stand it.” 

Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind


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