How To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed - with a Sandwich

Ideas are a dime a dozen.  We all have them.  Some are really good, most though are shall we say, not so good.  
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It doesn't matter who you are either.  You can be a little guy in his basement workshop, dreaming of

making a better step ladder or a huge corporate conglomerate with billions of dollars at your disposal.  Some ideas are just duds. 

Remember New Coke in the 1980s?

Occasionally though, someone like Henry Ford, Steve Jobs or Thomas Edison thinks of something that ends up changing the world.  However, without proper execution and follow-through, even their ideas would have been worthless. 

Sure an un-executed idea can lead to something later on, but hopefully you get my point. 

Confession Time
I have a confession to make.  Even though I've wanted to blog for a long time (for the reasons I laid out in my introductory blog post), when it came to actually getting started,  I was a bit overwhelmed.

After thinking about experiences I've had and things I've done in the past, I now have a plan.  More on that in a minute.  

First let me explain what I mean.

Being Overwhelmed
That's not something I say or let myself feel very often.  If you can help it, neither should you.  In fact when I see it in myself, I don't like it.  I hate it.  I view it as a weakness.  That's the truth.  

Since I'm documenting my life, opinions, etc. here, I want to be truthful.  Otherwise what's the point?  You may or may not like what I have to say about this subject.  You may even hate it.  For me though, this is my reality. 

When I hear people say they are "feeling so overwhelmed" I never view it as a positive statement.  

Yes, I may feel sorry for them.  I believe it's good to show love and empathy to others.  We should help when we can.

When I hear someone say they are feeling overwhelmed, I try my best to cut them some slack.  Who really knows what another person is going through?   

I've had people I loved commit suicide.  Some in a swift non-reversible desperate act, and others in a slow, drawn-out life of self-destruction. 

Sometimes I think to myself, maybe they aren't as smart as I think I am, or as talented, or as dashingly good looking.  

Then (more seriously) I think maybe they haven't had the advantages I've had, or they don't have enough faith in themselves or God or whatever.  

Maybe their Mom & Dad didn't love them.  Heck, the way the world is today, maybe they didn't even have both of their parents, and the one parent they had was no good.

All I know is that I've always looked at the word overwhelmed in a very negative way.

Getting Over It
In starting Danny's Universe, I have so many things I want to accomplish.  Hopefully, I've found a way to pass along some interesting lessons here. 

Both success and failure have come my way.

I've known and talked to a very eclectic group of people in my life; I've known thieves, millionaires, Grammy winners, prostitutes, preachers, killers, con-artists, patriots and so many others.     

In one way or another, they have all passed on to me concepts and ideas along the way that I feel are beneficial to share with those I care about.  

This blog is my way of relaying that information to you.  If you are wondering if you, are the you I'm talking about, be sure to read my very first post.  I explain it there.  

The Sandwich
As I was wallowing in my feelings of being overwhelmed as to what my first article would be about, I decided to make myself a sandwich.  

My favorite Mexican restaurant was closed so...

My midnight snack consisted of some leftover shredded chicken, blended with tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic and added seasonings.  

I put it on a couple of slices of french bread, along with some Pepper Jack cheese, topping it with Mozzarella Cheese and a dusting of garlic powder... just look at the picture. LOL

It was good!      

While I was constructing my late night masterpiece, I remembered the words of Zig Ziglar, "Go as far as you can see, and when you get there you will always see farther."

Then it was as if I heard Michael Jordan and Nike shouted at me, "Just Do It."

The Lesson
The moral of the story boys and girls is, when you are feeling a bit overwhelmed at doing a task, just DO SOMETHING.

Even a small step in the right direction is still a step of progress.  

Remember the lesson Bill Murray's character learned in the 1991 movie What About Bob?.  Richard Dreyfuss played a Psychotherapist who introduced Bob to the concept of Baby Steps.  Video Here. 

I've said all of this to make the following points:

(1.)  No matter how brilliant of an idea you have, sooner or later you have to get started.

(2.)  When the feelings of being overwhelmed strike you, don't let them paralyze you.  Push through those negative feelings - they are just feelings.

Some feelings are absolutely harder to push through than others, but with enough determination, you can do it.

This has worked for me, and countless others. 
It will work for you!

For me, there is one HUGE, additional ingredient that helps me.  I will write more about that later.
When I do, the link will be here.

Until then,
Love One Another 

Disclaimer: I believe the philosophy I put forth here.  I believe my points are valid.  However, all situations are not equal.  If you are in dire need please speak to a respected faith leader or professional counselor in your area.  The thoughts and opinions here are my own and should not take the place of professional advice.


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