Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Focus on the positive: What do you do well?

So often, we're down on ourselves for what we didn't do right, what we couldn't get done on time, what we wish we could do but don't. Inspired by a blog post at Mocha Momma -- a letter to herself at age 20 -- I'm want to know: What do you think you do well?

My work-life juggle always ratchets up in the summer. I've got an almost-full house right now, my in-laws and niece are here, too. Our big kids are teens and tween-aged now -- too old for the camp they used to love, but too young to spent large chunks of time on their own -- and while you might think that things get easier when kids get older and more independent, you'd be wrong (they just get different). My mother-in-law -- bless her -- keeps the the laundry monsters at bay when she's here; I wanted to ask her how she manages to get the clothes so crisp and smooth and then I realized it probably has something to do with the fact that they don't sit in my room in a heap for two weeks before they get folded.

As I've mentioned over at The 36-Hour Day, right now I feel like the challenge is not so much trying to keep all of my balls in the air as it is accepting the fact that, at some point, I will drop them. Possibly all of them. And they will roll under the couch and hang out with the dust bunnies that I haven't had time to clean.

But that's not really my biggest challenge right now. My biggest challenge is not getting trapped in a spiral of I-can't-do-anything-right-ness. Because it's so easy to look at all of the ways I think I fail instead of focusing on the things I do right.

I maintain that my superpower is multitasking, and right now, I'm going to say that's the thing I do right. Because while the carpet may be crunchy and my sainted Mother-in-Law is managing my laundry situation and helping me play beat-the-clock with daycare, somehow the rest of the balls still seem to be up in the air instead of under the couch.

What do you think you do well?

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