Last week I mentioned here about circles.
I’ve been having a little issue in my life lately about circles.
The best way I can describe it is in terms of the old plate spinners we used to see in the circus when we were kids.
Once he got the 3rd or 4th plate spinning, the first one he’d spun would begin to wobble. So, he’d need to sprint back down to the beginning of the line to give that first plate another good spin before he could go on.
With every plate he’d set into motion, he’d need to glance back at the others to see if they were losing momentum and needed a boost.
Some would wobble.
At times they’d nearly fall.
But this dude was a professional plate spinner. He knew just how to keep everything in motion. So the crowd may have “oohed” and “aaawed”, thinking the plates were going to cease spinning.
But they never did.
Instead this plate-spinning genius gave a thrilling performance and the kids and their parents clapped and cheered.
Yes ma’am, he was a professional!
Man, could he spin those plates.
I, on the other hand, often stink at plate spinning. And just what the crowd feared might happen to the professional actually happens to me.
I just can’t quite get to one of my plates when it starts to wobble. And so….
…..something (or even someone) comes crashing down, shattering into a hundred shards of glass.
These circular plates for us take many forms: people we love, positions we hold, places we must drive, possessions we own, priorities we verbalize.
While it is often easy for us to verbalize our priorities (plates 1 through 5, let’s say) sometimes by the time we get to spinning plate #5 (or plate #11 or #12!!) we have let plate #1 or #2 falter and fall.
Well, we have pieces to pick up.
I hate picking up pieces.
I’d much rather keep my plates spinning and soaring happily.
So what is my problem sometimes?
Too many plates!!!!!
I want to have a conversation here this week about plate spinning and the circles we run in (literally!) and hopefully we can come up with some ‘circle’ solutions and ‘dropped plate’ preventions.
So let’s start here:
- What are the plates you must spin?
- Do you have more plates than you’d like?
- Do you pick up plates that you never wish you had? Why?
- And what frustrates you most when it comes to plate spinning?
No solutions yet (save those ideas for Wednesday or Friday :-)) We’ll all be anxious to hear!