To julienne something is to it cut into thin strips, similar to matchsticks. While contemplating this “word of the day” from my friends in the Ragtag Community it occurred to me that humans repeatedly julienne themselves.
Carving our beings, our hearts, brains and souls into smaller and smaller slivers in order to meet the ever-increasing demands of life. We have many roles: I’m a sister, a wife, a friend, an artist (working on it), a traveller, a student, a blogger, a pet momma, an organizer, a carer, a gardener, a housekeeper… a wine drinker….the list goes on…and sometimes, something has to give.
I watch people who have the additional roles of parent, sports team member, coach, board member, volunteer… and I wonder how on earth they manage. And don’t forget to add employee and/or employer to the list.
This evening a few of us were going to get together and have a catch-up. It didn’t happen because the right choices were made, choosing to admit that we were tired, had over extended ourselves by making plans and that we’d each be better off having a quiet night.
The next time you feel pulled in all directions, with conflicting priorities, none of them being YOU! think about a carrot…a nice whole beautifully orange carrot slowly being sliced into thin strips, now pretend that is you and make a choice.
And don’t worry, we rescheduled for next Thursday!