“When eating an elephant, take one bite at a time.” – Creighton Abrams
In the 1980s, I worked as an assistant to a top notch bookkeeper named Juanita. I was so impressed at how she approached the mountain of tasks she faced. Each day she was greeted by endless stacks of paper on her desk that she methodically sifted through, only to have them be replaced by more of the same. In that sea of paper, she also had the ability to put her hands on whatever was requested, without breaking out in a sweat. Just witnessing a portion of her workload was overwhelming to me. Something in me needed a finish line. I needed to see an empty desk to feel like I was accomplishing something. I was letting that desk full of papers eat at me. Thankfully she was patient with my impatience. Whenever I would hyperventilate, she’d just look at me, smile softly and say “How do you eat an elephant?”
Fast Forward to 2020. Take one young adult on the autism spectrum, who has a great affection for routines and annual calendar events. Add one pandemic that completely shuts down life as we know it, that reschedules, then cancels, all of those events. AND lets make a whole new set of social safety rules that really matter a lot to some people, and not so much to others. Oh, and in the middle of all this, just for fun, let’s paint the dining room. Surely now would be a good time to accomplish this one thing. This needs to be filed under “What Was I Thinking?!” Husband called with a kidney stone, that had it’s own agenda. The memory of Juanita’s desk full of papers suddenly came back to me, and I laughed at my younger self. I realized just how small that elephant was in comparison. I guess that’s what Juanita knew back then. It’s all a matter of attitude. We can Eat or Be Eaten. 😉
As I write this, I am looking at a messy desk and a half finished dining room with paint paraphernalia scattered about. Rudy and Morgan are in the living room watching Spiderman and his adventures. At this moment, we are all safe and well. I Am Thankful. It turns out dinosaurs are also digestible, one bite at a time.
Until Next Time,
Know The Hope!