Monday, August 13, 2012

One Thing At A Time

To my son Tommy,

Returning from vacation to work is always difficult.  Things build up and coming back to a pile of stuff can be overwhelming.  It makes you realize how much you do and all the little intricacies that are required in your job.  It also makes you feel like it will be impossible to get everything done and that you are drowning in quicksand.

So how do you get through it all.  One thing at a time, that's how.  You pick one job that is on the list and do it.  Pick the smallest job you can think of and get it done as fast as you can.  You go from 999 things on the list to 998 and that my son is progress.  Progress can build momentum.  Accomplish just that one little job will make someone happy.  It will help you to get in the swing of things again, and start you on your way to finishing the other 998 items on the list.

Many in this world throw their hands up and say "IMPOSSIBLE" when they get overwhelmed and there is so much to do.  Don't ever let too much to do be an excuse for doing nothing.  Never say, well this one thing I am doing isn't going to really amount to much so why do it.  Just start doing.  One by one, step by step, and maybe with a little luck you will get there.  And when you finish that list, keep working and doing the next thing so the next list isn't as long.

Sincerely with love from your dad,

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