Day 2118: Having too much on your plate

Yesterday, in my therapy groups, people talked about having too much on their plate.

I don’t have too much on my plate to share the meaning of that idiom.

Idiom – Too much on my plate or A lot on my plate or Enough on my plate. Meaning – To be too busy. To have too many things to deal with or a lot of things to worry about. This expression is used to signify that a person has too many different things to cope with.

Coincidentally, there were paper plates in the group room, because of a retirement party earlier in the day. I suggested that people take a plate, write and draw what was on their plate, and then, if they wished, throw the plate away. People threw away plates heaped with politicians, responsibilities, stress, fear, guilt, anxiety, shame, self-doubt, bureaucracies, traffic, abusers, unhelpful thoughts, and (on one plate) Florida.

I had too much on my plate yesterday to take pictures of the plates people created and threw away, but I can share these:

If I didn’t have too much on my plate right now (physical therapy for my shoulder, work, a presentation about my groups, and a live performance of “So You Think You Can Dance”), I’d come up with a pun about home plate.

Do you have too much on your plate to watch this video?

I never have too much on my plate to thank all those who help me create these posts and — of course! — YOU.

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17 thoughts on “Day 2118: Having too much on your plate

  1. Wish I could come up with a good one for home plate. Go Sox !!⚾️

  2. Congratulations on reaching the World Series, Ann! You’ll have Red Sox baseball on your plate through the rest of this month, a great thing.

  3. It’s been said that a definition of “multitasking” is doing a lot of things badly, but you manage to blog daily, provide therapy, take care of yourself, and live a full and active life, doing it all well. Today is a good example. You really hit this one out of the park so you’re safe at home plate, the platter that matters.

  4. I seem to have as much on my plate in retirement as ever before – but it doesn’t feel like too much any more

  5. Clever idea to have folks write on a paper plate all the things that constitute “too much on their plates” and then throw them away. Don’t you wish it could be that easy to get rid of responsibilities that weigh us down? I have learned in my nearly 80 years here on earth how to say NO quite effectively. But, it has taken me nearly all of those 8 decades!! It’s not an easy lesson to learn!

    • It takes a long time and lots of practice to unlearn old habits that weigh us down, Jan. Thank you for your clever and effective comments!

  6. I do have more on my plate right now than I would choose. But I’m glad I can handle the requirements. 🙂 My daughter and I went to a live So You Think You Can Dance performance a few years ago. It was great fun. I hope you enjoy your experience. 🙂

    • No matter what’s on my plate, there’s always room for a “So You Think You Can Dance” live performance. As always, I enjoyed that last night and I enjoyed your great comment.

  7. I know you’re a person who would always step up to the plate.٩(•̤̀ᵕ•̤́๑)૭✧♡♡

  8. Pingback: Day 2120: Almost totally natural | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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