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Too Much

picture of too many choices

We live at a time where we have too many possible choices. One of the reasons I like shopping at Aldi is that the choices are so simple — there's only one brand of most items! In life, no one person can have all the good things or do all the good activities available to him. And it's so hard to say "no" to the great opportunities that are presented to us. As a result, life is a series of points of re-prioritizing. I've just hit one of those points myself. I'll explain more about that at the end of this post.

In the past I have posted pictures of several different years when chickadees nested in our bird house. Here's a link to one of the posts about the first nesting. Last week our bird house was visited by chickadees again, and so we thought we would get to see the process again. Then later this week a pair of bluebirds visited our bird house and even began to put grass and leaves inside. The past several days when the bluebirds aren't there, nuthatches have begun to put nesting materials inside also. We never knew we had such prime real estate in our back yard! Here's a picture of the female bluebird on top of the bird house yesterday afternoon.

picture of female bluebird

They can't all have a nest in there simultaneously. That would obviously be too much! I'll let you know who actually ends up nesting in our bird house, if anyone. They may all go away in disgust.

Here are several jokes I've received recently, both of which deal with some facet of too much.

As the bus pulled away, Janet realized she had left her purse under the seat. Later she called the company and was relieved to find out the driver had found her bag. When she went to pick it up, several off-duty bus drivers surrounded her.

One of the men handed over her pocketbook, two typewritten pages, and a box containing the contents of Janet's purse.

"We're required to inventory lost wallets and purses," he explained. "I think you'll find everything there."

As she started to put my belongings back into the purse, the man continued, "I hope you don't mind if we watch. Even though we all tried, none of us could fit everything into your purse ... and we'd like to see just how you do it."


Computer novices may feel like they're alone these days, but the following call to IBM's help center show there are plenty of people out there who still are inching onto the information superhighway.

After a caller gave a technician her PC's serial number, he scanned a database of registered users and responded, "I see you have an Aptiva" desktop unit.

Before he could say another word, the caller shrieked and said she'd be right back. When the customer returned, the technician asked if she was all right. The caller responded: "Had I realized you could see me, I never would have telephoned in my bathrobe."


Now more about my current re-prioritizing. I went to see my doctor this past week about an issue I've recently experienced. In the course of talking, he kindly suggested that I should consider simplifying my life. Seeing the wisdom of that, I am trying to determine if there are any activities I can eliminate completely and if there are others I can just cut back on. It's ironic that, after speaking to several students in recent weeks about trying to eliminate superfluous activites and learning to say "no" to activities they know they don't have the time for, I am so soon on the receiving end of the same advice ... from my doctor.

One activity I have already eliminated is something that I enjoyed immensely, and so it was a very hard one to let go of. One of the cutbacks involves changing the posting schedule to my blog — only once a week instead of twice. This post will be it for this week. Beginning next week I will probably try to post on Wednesday mornings, but that's not certain at this point. I don't want to desert my readers completely, but wisdom in living dictates a change of some sort. Thanks for understanding. Please pray that the changes I'm making will lower my level of stress.

On the home front, Megan and Drew arrive later this week, Nora's wedding is 12 days away, and our grandson Ryan's birth is only two or three weeks away. Fun times!

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He who sees only half the problem will be buried by the other half.

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10 Comments on “Too Much”

  1. #1 Ron
    on Mar 21st, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Loved the one about the lady and the purse. I wish you the best with your reorganization/re-prioritizing.

    Rob adds: I call women’s purses “Bermuda Triangles,” so that joke struck me as especially funny. Thanks for the wishes. I think it may take a few weeks to detect a difference, especially with the extremely joyful events of the next couple of weeks. 🙂

  2. #2 Dan
    on Mar 21st, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Perhaps after the wedding and also after the birth your stress level will drop. I wonder that if I wasn’t retired how much time I would have to keep my blog going.

    I enjoy your postings, Rob and will look forward to them.

    Rob adds: Thanks for your comment, Dan.

  3. #3 Michael
    on Mar 21st, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I’m glad you’re cutting back. I believe we can all do more of that in order to focus on what’s most important. Sounds like you have some fun, but potentially stressful, things coming up in the near future. Hope all goes well!

    Rob adds: Thanks, Michael. Good and better times ahead…! 😀

  4. #4 Zina Paul
    on Mar 21st, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Rob, I can only say let some things go, better now than later. Michael had burnout last year and since then many things have changed for us. Praise the Lord he is doing much better!

    Rob adds: Thanks for the advice, Zina. I hated having to give up the activity I’ve already eliminated, but it’s one of the few things in my life right now that I’m free to cut. And it makes one day of the week much more restful, which I really needed. I’m looking at everything, with potentially more cuts coming. I don’t want my life or my main life’s calling to be cut short.

  5. #5 Jonathan
    on Mar 21st, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I have a pair of Kestrels checking out a new birdhouse I put up in February. They’re fun to watch.

    Rob adds: Keep me posted. As I looked through my old blog posts tagged “birds” I saw the pictures you sent of the woodpeckers you were observing.

  6. #6 Carrie
    on Mar 21st, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Interesting timing. I sent my kids off to our church’s day school this morning for the first time in my life in an effort to get my head above the water.

    Rob adds: Interesting indeed, Carrie.

  7. #7 Ann
    on Mar 24th, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Good for you! I totally understand! Maybe you’ll be able to adjust some other things too after the wedding. I’m just glad we’ll still have posts on Wednesdays! We’ll just look forward to those! Take care!!

    Rob adds: Thanks, Ann.

  8. #8 Jeremy
    on Mar 25th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Daughter’s wedding AND another grandson! Congratulations! Miriam and I actually bumped into Mark and Katie at Haywood Mall the other day — it had been a long time since I’d seen him.

    Rob adds: Thanks, Jeremy! Yes, lots of changes going on in our family in the next several weeks. Exciting times, for sure! I just visited your new blog and left a comment> I’m adding it to my blog reader so I can know when you have new posts. Keep up the good work! It looks as though it will have some interesting reads. 😀

  9. #9 Mary
    on Mar 28th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    So glad you’re not cutting out the blague completely. It’s one of my favorite stress relievers!

    Rob adds: Thanks, Mary! I enjoy doing the blog posts and really don’t want to stop completely. But I can’t let enjoyment be the determining factor — there are so many things I enjoy that I can’t be part of my life because there aren’t enough hours in the day. I think one post a week will make doing the blog more manageable for me.

  10. #10 Don
    on Mar 30th, 2011 at 12:31 am

    I just stumbled upon your blog. I read your article on texting for seniors I am still laughing what a great perspective and somehow it rings true.

    I might also add the thought of building a hi-rise bird nest. I wonder if it could work (I’m a city boy)