It won’t be long and we’ll be sitting around a table, looking at the mounds of food in front of us and trying to decide the right way to sample a little of everything. If you are anything like me, you try a lot of everything, go back for seconds of your favorite, get stuffed to the gills and repeat the process with the pie and whipped cream.
Miserable, we loosen our belts, recline in our seats and hit the snore button. Only to wake up in the middle of a meaninless football game with indigestion and a pit in our stomach, too full to even think about leftovers. Why are we so gluttonous?
We won’t go down the path of gluttony, but I do wonder if there is a relationship to what ails us. Regardless, the reason I’m here today is because my love of learning is a lot like my Thanksgiving apetite…bigger than my capabilites.
At this moment in time, I have at least twenty books which are on a book shelf, unread and begging for attention. Add to that the numerous books on my Kindle and Audible apps, the umpteen Youtube videos I have bookmarked, dozens of podcasts and how many DIY projects I want to try. Did I mention I dream of building a house from the ground up and I want to run another marathon?
Yep, my capabilities are overwhelmed by my percieved abilities. Granted, it doesn’t help that I am ADD, but on the bright side I am well medicated. My biggest struggle is even when my meds kick in and I decide to start, I feel like I’m all full up. Then all I want to do is hit the snore button and lay back in my recliner.
So what’s the solution? Believe it or not I do have a solution… PRIORITIZE. Easier said than done, I know, but at least I know what to do. It’s just so difficult. Just like the first time through the line on Thanksgiving, I struggle with saying no.
But this year it’s going to be different. Bye-bye mashed potatoes. So long green bean casserole. No more salad with the mini-marshmallows. It’s turkey, stuffing, candied yams and gravey for me.
That is after I take the advice of an old friend who told be years ago how to beat the bloated belly of Thanksgiving. It’s really the ultimate in prioritzation. So ridiculously simple I am stunned it’s not a tradition everywhere.
What is this secret of all secrets? Eat your desert first.
Now, pass the whipped cream while I decide exactly which of my dreams is the pumpkin pie of my learning deserts!