Over, Under, Through or Around?

Last Update: February 12, 2021

I have mastered the art of
making things harder than they need to be.

I will over think, over analyze, over organize, over learn. .
I often feel like I have to know everything about something in order to begin.
Lots of things to know... I will make a notebook.
Need to learn a process... I will make a flow chart.
Lots of steps or pieces to the project... I will make a checklist.
Something I need to say...I will create a script.

I don't know if I'm over compensating to balance out post concussion learing and memory issues, feelings that I'm not good enough or that I'm 'pretending'.

I do know that it is getting in my way...big time!!!
All of this 'over'... is most certainly overkill.

There are more ways to get things done than having to scale Mount Everest!

You can certainly go over.

But it doesn't have to be such a big mountain to climb!

It's exhausing and not
terribly effective.

Yeah, you feel pretty good when arriving at the top of the mountain.

And the view is incredible.

But then you look around
and see there are even more peaks to climb.

Who said you had to climb a mountain anyway?

Turn it into a hill. Turn it into a much smaller fence. Find a way.

You can go under.

Short cuts, hacks, and nifty tricks count just as much towards getting the job done.

We once had a border collie - no not this one - but looked alot like him. In a fenced back yard, that dog found every way out of the yard.

His favorite way was to dig under the fence.

As soon as we would get one area blocked, he would dig another hole under the fence.

There was no keeping that dog in the back yard.

Short cuts, hacks, nifty tricks!
Your WA friends have TONS of them - and they are happy to share what they know.

Don't let your yourself get fenced in!!

You can go around.

There is rarely just one way to get something done. Find another way. My mom locked herself out of the house one afternoon. She tried the front door, the side door, the window. Everything she tried was locked.

The back door was not locked. Not only was it not locked but it was open. Oh, she was not happy after trying everything else for quite a while before she went around and found the open back door. But she didn't give up!

You can go through
It is always possible to go through something without going to the extremes that I do.

I find that most fences have gates.

And most often, they aren't locked.

And if they are locked, there's a key to the lock.

Find the gate.
Find the lock.
Find the key.
USE the key!
Unlock the gate and go on through!

Don't make things harder than they need to be!

Whether you go over, under, around or through - just do it. Don't stop to think about it forever.

Don't ponder what if? What if it doesn't? What if it does?

Just do it and don't stop until it works!

Find a way to make it happen.

And if one way doesn't work, find another way!

Stay warm and safe this, oh so very chilly, weekend!

Cheers from chilly San Antonio!


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Thokozile7 Premium
Hi Christine. A great read. Thank you for sharing a great lesson.
You have already found the solution just by being aware of what is slowing you down. Over thinking usually does that. And it may fence you in.

Fortunately, “over, under, through or around”, will do just fine. There is always a solution to any challenge.
JeffreyBrown Premium
Ha ha! Great post, Christine! I usually like to go THROUGH something! 😂

Enjoy your weekend!

CMKetay Premium
Thanks, Jeff! Through is definitely the straightest path between two points. Stay warm, dear friend! Christine
JeffreyBrown Premium
You're welcome, Christine--of course, there are many times when it is not the easiest!🙄 I'll do my best to stay warm! 🥶🥶 Enjoy your weekend!

Christorv Premium Plus
Well, I am a bit lost there- I am over, under, through, or around, what is going on here - how many times have I found myself in such a situation after so much effort put into producing a report, a presentation, or resolving a problem. Still learning to overcome this- time to just do it!!!
CMKetay Premium
Right there with ya!!! We'll make it one way or another! Thanks for checking in and taking time to drop a note. It's always great to hear from you! Christine
1Rudy1 Premium
Sounds familiar...grin. I know what you mean, the over part...I have to remember to keep things simple and in front of me.

I have 5 or 6 drafts that I've started, on different topics, only to lose my way towards finishing them.. I think too far ahead...then I get stuck because I've added too many things....

Today, I have a goal of finishing the draft I began yesterday...

I like the gate aspect. I have myself going around, under, over and through, and all of those ways have worked at one time or another, yet, the completion factor alludes me the most...

CMKetay Premium
Hey, Rudy! I have a good 6-10 drafts started, just so I don't lose the idea and forget it. Then when I get to them or I find time and inspiration, pick the one that I feel most strongly about and pound it out. When I get seriously stuck, I visualize myself unlocking the gate and going through. Usually gets me past it. Thanks for taking time to read today's post and dropping a note. It's always great to see you! Stay warm and stay well!
1Rudy1 Premium
Thanks, Christine! I am working on the one, and while finally downloading gramercy, I set it up with office 365 and opened a second draft...grin... both are being finished today to post on websites!
Starting to snow here in Seattle area...plan to stay warm, for sure!
drjec Premium
You are describing problem solving. We have to do it constantly because we’re always running into a completely new situation in life. I think experience really helps us try problem-solving.
CMKetay Premium
The never-ending battle! Thanks for taking time to check in today. It's always great to hear from you!