When Worlds Collide! After yelling “Help!” what next do you do?

What happens when you are in one place but your head and heart are elsewhere?

How does it feel when you must pay attention to the present while your head and heart are dragging you into the future?

What happens when you have the essence of two full-time jobs colliding?

Does it feel like this?

Ugh. That was my week. Super busy at work and equally busy in my head. Struggling to remain in the present moment.

Are you feeling like that too?

What worlds are colliding for you?


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Rutledge Properties in Wellesley, Massachusetts

I work in for Rutledge Properties, an independent real estate firm. We are hip deep in the busy Spring market with lots of houses are coming on for sale all at once.

The day job

I prepare the advertising and marketing materials, both print and online. My job is to make the property, and the agent, look their best. Everything must be accurate; I can’t screw up.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my day job. And yet, the struggle to pay attention is epic.

The whenever-I-can-fit-it-in job

In my other “full time” job, I am preparing my first book, River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times for launch in late October.  I am swimming in marketing courses, planning, scheduling, networking, scouting for speaking gigs … you name it.

My head so wants to be with my book, not with real estate.

What to do?

When all else fails, ask for help.

I turned to the same person who was my constant guide in writing the book in the first place: I turned to God. If he could inspire me with thoughts and guide my pen, would he not also help me finish the process in exposing my words to the world?


My head was too full for anything eloquent; I just blurted out that I needed help and fast! I gave it all over to God, And just as before, the answer was swift in coming.

First I was told to take a few deep breaths.

And then I took two hours of my day after work, sat at my desk and looked at the big blob of marketing information in front of me; I then began to take that blob apart, piece by piece. That alone made it more manageable.

L: Lee Morley Blob; R: Sinan Onur ALTINUÇ Blobs–Flickr Creative Commons

Next I chose what I considered to be the most important piece and drew up a schedule and a plan. The sense of relief was palpable. The other pieces I put aside for the next time I’d have a chunk of time.

Shena Tschofen Follow Juggling snow, Flickr Creative Commons
Shena Tschofen Follow Juggling snow, Flickr Creative Commons

I then took a moment to reflect, to remember how in the past, everything always worked out for the best so long as I trusted. God knows me best and knows what I need. He knows what he wants and what I want.

Time again to Let. It. Go. Whew!

Are you drowning in work, family and personal commitments?

Do you have to be in one place while your head is elsewhere? Is everything in your life right now just one massive, oppressive BLOB?

  • Call for help.
  • Breath deep.
  • Break down the blob into pieces
  • Choose the most important piece and make a plan.
  • Remember how things worked out in the past.
  • And let it go.

Try it. Let us know if it worked for you and how.

Artwork links: Lee Morley Blob; R: Sinan Onur ALTINUÇ Blobs–Flickr Creative Commons

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2 thoughts on “When Worlds Collide! After yelling “Help!” what next do you do?

  1. Hi Susan, I know it’s a little off-topic, but I wanted to remind all the cat-lovers out there that yesterday (June 7) was the third birthday of The Seven Kittens! I haven’t had time to follow any of them lately, so I hope they’re all doing well. I know Loki developed a problem, and I hope it’s under control. In any case, Happy Birthday to Loki, Venus, Spooky, Taco, Ramon, Hank and Cosmo! A warm salute to momma Noodles, wherever she is!

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