So as I sit here googling, blogging, and oh yeah, working, I can’t resist relishing my ability to multi-task. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. said it best, “Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind over-tasked”. Therein lies the rub. I’m finding lately, my most sane moments are those when I am perfectly tasked: just enough to keep my mind from wondering into oblivion, and not too much that I want to run away screaming… and still a victory I will perhaps never get to experience first-hand. Meanwhile, this multi-tasking virtue of mine, at either extreme, always tips my scale into major vice-dom.
It is important to stay far enough away from the process that you can appreciate and consider the big picture; yet close enough that you can learn from and control it. As physically and emotionally harrowing as any job can be, it is often more harrowing to crawl back up the ravine to civilization (and straight to the nearest Workaholics Anonymous meeting)!
I once heard an interesting concept, that had really hit home for me… “When you stand too close to a painting, all you see are the rough, gritty details contrasted by a smoky background. But if you just take a couple of steps back, and with just the right light, you get to see the billowy details and true beauty of the bigger picture”.
So where are you standing?