This past weekend my husand and I watched a documentary on the Galapagos Islands. One of my favorite parts was watching the marine iguanas.
These huge reptiles sleep on top of each other on the lava during the night, as their bodies shut down in the cool temperatures. As the sun rises and warms them up, they come to life, diving off the rocks and into the sea where they can hold their breath for up to an hour while they eat algea off the bottom.
The cold makes these powerful creatures lethargic.
I find myself a bit like those iguanas. In the winter cold, I find it very difficult to get going some days. I just want to burrow into my electric blanket and wake up when it's warm outside.
I've been feeling that way for about a week, and I'm ready to shake it off. I'm ready to overcome the inertia that has got me feeling stuck. Inertia is an interesting phenomenon. Basically is states that ojects in motion will stay in motion, and objects at rest will stay at rest.
For me to overcome this sluggishness, I need a burst of energy to get going. So today I'm making a dump list. I'm writing down everything I need to do - in all areas of my life. I'm not worrying about putting them in any order - not by projects, due date or type of work. I'm just getting them out of my head, off of sticky notes and pulled from pages of my notebook. And putting them in one master dump list.
Oh boy, does it feel good. Of course, when I discover something I should have done two weeks ago, I experience that "uh-oh" moment. But I'm not letting it stop me. Once I get my dump list done, I'll be able to put into manageable lists. For today, it's just what I need to get moving again.
If you're feeling like a cold, sleepy iguana, I invite you to make a dump list too. And make a cup of hot coffee and sit by a space heater while you do it - that helps too.
In His Love,