A few weeks ago on Google+, I came across a comment that struck home with me.
Someone had written (slightly paraphrased):
Catholic blogs: so that one more person can comment on the Pope’s abdication and what Pope Benedict means to them.
What made me +1 it was that I related. While I have been a total, completely uncharacteristic newshound since Benedict’s announcement on February 11, I’m sort of “done” with opinions about it.
That comment got me to thinking, though…sometimes, I don’t always recognize when I’ve had enough of something. I’ll keep going, often to the detriment of those around me (in real life and online). I just chug, chug, chug along, plowing through and not caring who or what I’m stepping on.
Recognizing when enough is ENOUGH is handy. Here are three ways I know when I’ve had enough:
1. When I’m getting angry.
Anger is a symptom for me. When things online–whether blogs, my own writing, social media content, whatever–are getting my dander up and my growling going, it’s time to call it enough. Done. Pause. Walk away.
2. When I’m neglecting the present and my primary vocation.
This is me talking to me: I have to remember the now, which is where I’m called to be. Maybe it’s time with my husband, maybe it’s care of children, maybe it’s my paying work. But my primary vocation and the present must not be trumped by the demands of my blog (or my social media presence, for that matter). I fail, yes. And I struggle.
3. When I’m talking out loud to my computer.
Sometimes this one happens because I’m so amused, though it can happen because I’m irate, too. I might be muttering to keep track of what I’m doing. But it’s usually a sign that there are frayed nerves or the need for fresh air.
So, chime in: how do you know when enough is ENOUGH?