How Do You Eat An Elephant? (no, not really.)
I hope you are all having a FABULOUS day ;o)
Okay, so I have this awesome co-worker who will remain nameless… he said to me once when I was having one of those days where everything was going wrong. I had a bazillion things to do and like ten minutes to get it done. He said, “How do you eat an elephant?”
I, of course, being the smart ass I am was like, “I don’t eat elephants. Gross.”
He gave me the look (you know the one. I get it a lot), and said, “One bite at a time.”
At first I was like, “Ohhhhh.” Then, “Wait. Huh?”
Then I thought about it. I thought about what he was really saying. What he was trying to tell me in a weird gross way that made me picture things I didn’t want to about elephants.
When something seems huge… Like an elephant. And you’re hungry or something? I don’t know where the next part comes in because I would NEVER EAT AN ELEPHANT. Let me just make that clear. But I suppose if I did I couldn’t just take a bite or anything right? I’d have to section it off…
Okay, this is going to a place I don’t want to go. Let’s use a different analogy shall we?
You have this huge… I don’t know, pizza. And it looks so huge you can’t seem to fathom how the hell you’re going to eat it all, let’s say you HAVE to eat it all cause you want to win some competition for money or something. It’s so overwhelming you start to sweat, curse, clinch your fists. Then someone says…
Just eat it one slice at a time.
Oh. DING DING.
So I don’t have to do everything at once?
NOPE. Just eat your life pizza one slice at a time.
Sometimes I think we forget… everyone, not just writers, to eat our pizza one slice at a time. We’re moving so fast in so many directions that we want the whole pizza, we want to shove it into our mouths and swallow, not even stopping to chew… and you know what happens when we try this?
We choke. Then someone has to give us the Heimlich Maneuver (WOW. Try spelling both those words on a first try without spell check. I’ll save you the time. Not Possible. I did get Heimlich right though. I KNOW. Who knew? But, I digress)
Writers are busy people. We’re always writing or revising, or editing, or helping friends, or CPing or Betaing, or just being a parent, or a spouse or a friend, or having a real life. It would be SO much easier to eat the pizza whole. But we can’t.
And sometimes we just have to stop between slices and just… be. Read a book for fun, or go for a jog. See a movie, hang with your kids.
Do you get what I’m sayin’? What do you think? You ever choke on some pizza? No fun, huh?
Until next time…