Cliff Notes...






I’m feeling the pressure. It’s “crunch” time. It seems I do this pretty regularly, wait until the last minute. It isn’t like I don’t know there is a deadline for getting my “Cliff Notes” done so April isn’t behind the curve with the newsletter, but here I am again.

As I write this, I hear Slade Morlang’s oft asked question ringing in my ear, “So What?” Good question. Several thoughts come to mind in response to that inner admonition. First, it reminds me about responsibility. There is no one to blame for being against the wall here but me. If nothing else happens here, it is worth while to remind myself that most of the stress in my life is self imposed and if I want it to stop then all I have to do is change the behavior. If I don’t do that, then I guess it isn’t bothering me all that much.

The second thing that comes to mind is that we have certain responsibilities in our lives that we voluntarily take on. We should probably consider what the implications of those responsibilities are and what demands they will have upon us before we take them on. Now candidly, this isn’t a big deal but it does remind me of some that are. You have some too.

Another thought is how fortunate we are. Think about it, in the grand scheme of things, this deadline that I am stressing over is pretty insignificant. Don’t get me wrong I am not saying the newsletter is insignificant or the folk who read it is. I am saying that if for some reason the newsletter went out without my “Cliff Notes,” it wouldn’t really matter in the course of the world. I’m not even sure anyone would notice!

How blessed I am that my life is so wonderful that this is the problem of the day! There are a lot of people in the world who would love for this to be the biggest obstacle they face this day. I have found that if I just plug away, do my best and stay with it, before you know it, it’s all done.

Hey, look at this, a “Cliff Notes!” Oh by the way, go read Philippians 4:19 for good measure.


Cliff Caton