Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

One Thing Too Many


I was tempted to volunteer for something yesterday, something I KNEW was wrong for me, but I just wanted to help so badly. Volunteer work can do that – how can you say no? You WANT to help. I have to remind myself that I want to do the things I must do WELL, that taking on commitments and making promises I end up not able to keep is not helpful. It doesn’t help the person I promised to help, and it makes me feel terrible about myself.

I already have a full plate. I really cannot take on more.

Sometimes we get a sign. If we are very lucky, if we have the eyes to see, we recognize it.

Some tomatoes had become overly ripe and I needed to toss them. I could easily hold four, but wanting to do it all in one swoop, I picked up all five, and one fell. When I saw the splat pattern on the floor, my first thought was that it had some artistic merit, and my second thought was that I needed to photograph it as a reminder of what happens in life when we take on one thing too many.

November 3, 2007 - Posted by | Biography, Community, Family Issues, Spiritual


  1. Deep thinking.. I hate it when I have so much in & hand and cannot take it anymore.. or when am asked to do something & I don’t stand up to my words..

    Comment by chikaP | November 3, 2007 | Reply

  2. hehehe.. you are one silly expat

    Comment by error | November 3, 2007 | Reply

  3. Good luck šŸ™‚

    Comment by 3baid | November 3, 2007 | Reply

  4. Chikapappi – I know when my life gets out of balance I need to be taking on LESS, not more. This was a vivid reminder.

    Holy Smokes, Error! You’ve been talking with my husband, haven’t you?

    Thanks, 3baid. šŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 3, 2007 | Reply

  5. I does look artistic šŸ™‚

    Comment by Joel Robinson | November 4, 2007 | Reply

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