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  • Writer's pictureElijah Ricks

Spread Thin

Seeing as I just added pictures to my last post, I think I’ll skip them this week. Well, I can’t resist. Here’s one more:

On to the blogging… do you ever find yourself spread too thin at times? What I mean by that is that all of a sudden, all these obligations pop up out of nowhere or start colliding with each other and you feel like you need a personal assistant, or some sort of seeing eye/English speaking/licenced to drive/can bench press 150 lbs./knows Tae Kwon Do dog or monkey to help out. Or maybe I just need more hours in the day; well, not so much the day as just the weekends.

Here’s my story: this weekend, the Elders’ Quorum needed 28 volunteers total. We needed the church cleaned, help for a family that was moving, and a set up/take down/and food service for the RS birthday celebration. I signed up to help move the family… to be continued…

Work has started piling up a lot too. On top of all of my usual duties, I am attempting to learn white belt through blue belt in Tae Kwon Do all at once, including learning some Korean vocabulary, and I’ve begun the initial literature review for the article I am coauthoring about the research we did this year. Oh, P.S., the deadline for that is in a week. This is the first time I’ve had homework since December of ’06! I’m also trying to contact a whole bunch of electronics suppliers to sell some excess inventory my employer has (you wouldn’t be interested).

Accompanying all of these obligations, I’ve got a wife and daughter that must feel neglected while I’m off juggling the other stuff. Not to mention, we’re trying to get ready to move out of the state in a few months and don’t yet have a place to live!

So the stress has been piling up here for while, and I was looking forward to the weekend. That’s where the story continues. Out of the 28 volunteer slots we had, 3 were filled. Of course, being in the presidency, that meant the responsibility fell back on our shoulders, and I spent time Friday night and then all Saturday morning “volunteering”.

Now, I know most of you out there do a lot more than I on a regular basis, but you’re also a whole lot more awesome. Thanks for letting me whine a little.

P.S. Don’t forget to wear green tomorrow!

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