Opportunity Overload

Monday, May 5, 2014

One thing I've noticed, now that I'm working outside the home more, is that I have less time for blogging and social media networking. 


When I had more time (and was seriously considering "taking my blog to the next level") I didn't know where to start. I fell like I was in an opportunity wasteland. Now, I see how I could make a real go of it, but I just don't have the time I'm choosing to spend my time in other ways. The fact that I now feel like I am in a season of opportunity overload, feels a bit ironic. It feels a bit, "Really? REALLY??"

Take yesterday, for example. My friend Angie, brought the Listen To Your Mother show to Charleston. I could have auditioned to be a part of it. I didn't. Instead, I told Angie I would help, and I took tickets at the door. It was great. I'm glad I was there, and I enjoyed watching. I especially enjoyed meeting Abby. I did not feel envious of those on stage. (Promise.) But there it was . . . Opportunity.

Also on Sunday, The Influence Network had a meet up less than a mile from my house. (This falls into the Really? Really?!? category.) I had no excuse not to go, other than my prior commitment to Listen to Your Mother, the inability to clone myself, the gorgeous day outside, the fact that my husband and kids were at the pool, a long list of household duties that always await, etc., etc. Opportunity Overload.

I'm viewing this as an opportunity to learn a lesson: I don't have to gulp it all down. It is okay to let some opportunities pass me by. I can't be a professional everything. I have to remind myself that it's okay for this blog to just be a hobby. It's okay for me to simply occupy a tiny corner of the social media universe. It's okay for me to not know every local creative. It's okay for me to not have even heard of the blogger you love. I can't keep up with everything, and I will miss out on this that and the other thing. 

That's okay. Because in our culture where anyone can hypothetically be anything, we can't be everything. At least, I can't. I am reminded that I am faced with a choice: every time I say yes to one thing, I am inevitably saying no to something else.

Remembering that can make the times I have to say, "Yes," or "No," (or, "Not now,") much, much easier.

Maybe I'm not alone in meeting that reminder? Maybe you, too, need a little encouragement, when it comes to sticking with the life choices you've made? How do you handle seasons of Opportunity Overload?

Linking with friends at Soli Deo Gloria today.

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3 Responses to “Opportunity Overload”

  1. Yes! Yes! Yes! As your mom - a retired teacher, grandmother, and person who likes to stay active doing many things - even I have "Opportunity Overload" with not enough time to do it all. I think life is all about the choices we have to make and using the Free Will that God gave us. He expects us to use our Free Will wisely and gratefully (as in I'm grateful for feeling good, having a loving husband, family, and friends), always seeking and acknowledging His guidance as much as we can. You're doing a great job!

  2. Hear ye! Hear ye! Completely concur. I think family should always come first and everything else after that.

  3. I think you nailed it when you said, "sticking with the life choices I've made" -- I lose focus easily and I have to remind myself to pause and go back to the moment I made the decision. Doing that really helps keep my priorities and check... and sometimes it shows me when I made a choice with the wrong motives. Leaving space for those opportunities that are "right" for us takes discipline and faith. With all that said, I'm so very grateful that you took time to volunteer for LTYM. I'm just now coming down from it... it was an all-consuming project, but one I hope/plan to do again.