A Prayer for Those with Too Much to Do
by Meg Riley
So, you’re climbing Mt. To Do again. A very high mountain.
And somehow every step you take seems to move the peak up as well.
Sit down. Take a break. Look at the list again.
Sort it out, break it down. Breathe it in, breathe it out.
Then choose just one thing, just one, that’s most important.
Set the rest aside. Put it out of mind. It won’t go anywhere.
Now, ask the wind for help. Ask the ones who fly high in the wind to help you see the big picture, from their viewpoint in the treetops and clouds.
Ask the water for help. Ask the ones who swim in the water to help you remember you are surrounded, always, by support.
Ask the earth for help. Ask the four-legged ones to help you remember to touch the ground, to be in your body.
Ask the fire for help. Light a chalice. Remember how many of us gather around it with you.
And now, that one thing. That one important thing. You can do it!
And when it is done, ask for help again, and repeat!
Meg Riley is senior minister at CLF. She’s been a UU minister for twenty years. As a UU kid in West Virginia, she quickly learned to enjoy being ‘different,’ which has served her well in a ‘different’ life. Riley lives in Minneapolis, where she enjoys walking by lakes, gardening, reading and writing, and in social media, where she enjoys hanging out, keeping up with people, and playing the occasional game of Scrabble. She is the parent of a teenager, and the companion of a number of four legged friends.