On Feeling Like a Pile of Pick-up Sticks

Rainbows as Signs
Good Morning, God!
After hearing myself say something to the effect that I felt like pile of “pick-up-sticks” it came to me that I needed to do something about it.
So, I called a old friend who is a Spiritual Director and set off to see her. This photo of a rainbow was taken just before I went in to see her.
It feels good, God, to be seeking help.

Yesterday, I got additional help on my “pile” from the book Willpower. It seems there is something called the Zeigarnik Effect named after the Russian psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik who discovered it in 1927. Things that have not been completed or “done” keep popping up in our mind. They “nag” at us or at least “remind” us that the decision or action is still pending.

After coming home from my three weeks on the road visiting our daughters and grandson sitting I found myself “free.” Nothing needed to be done right away. There really wasn’t anything urgent in my life. No “urgent” stuff to keep the countless undone or unfinished tasks and projects in my life pushed to the back of my mind.

Pick-Up-Sticks -- color coded, yet!

With that pressure gone, God, I’m pretty sure all the unfinished stuff in my life flowed out and over and flooded me. Truly, a big pile of pick-up sticks! The book Willpower discusses David Allen’s Getting Things Done system. The author and researcher, Roy F. Baumeister, says that when Things Still Not Done pop-up into our minds (the Zeigarnik Effect) we don’t have to do them. We just have to make a plan on how and when we will do them. That’s Allen’s GTD program. Even writing it down in the mystical Maybe Someday category will help.
Hmmm. Maybe, Someday, God, I will have picked up all those sticks. Or maybe not. But, I feel a lot better having some idea of what’s going on.

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