On the Blogtoberfest blog post for the day Kat who is the host for this "fest" had a guest blogger and her entry went this way....
Like most of us, I am always juggling a million competing priorities
and I want to be able to do it all. I never want to let anyone down and I
find it so hard to withdraw from any commitment I make. In truth I have
ridiculously high expectations of myself and I see any lapse in keeping
all my balls in the air as a complete failure. It’s exhausting and this
year, after five pretty full on years, the signs of burn-out have been
I hit September this year feeling absolutely exhausted and
uninspired. Blogtoberfest was just around the corner. I kept trying to
rally my passion. I knew that lots of people were looking forward to it
and that I’d disappoint them if I didn’t make it happen. And so I kept
trying to talk myself into it.
But in the end I couldn’t.
I sent Kat an email wondering if she might like to host it this year.
She’d already offered to help out and I thought perhaps she might be
willing to actually take the reigns completely. And luckily for all of
us she said a great big YES.
It’s been an absolute gift to have Kat host Blogtoberfest this year.
Not only has she done an absolutely amazing job, she’s given me the gift
of knowing that I don’t have to do it all on my own.
This made me think not necessarily of what I may assume about myself but about friendship, who one calls on to help out with things, and what opportunities are given to us to act as friends and provide support for each other.
Given the disaster that has occurred in NYC on this day it feels appropriate to ponder on the ways in which one can provide friendship and support to others. Not being able to give the support of actually being there - lucky for me I missed out on having to cope with the situation- it seems that as a friend one can let others know that you are thinking of them and worried about them and then listen to all they can tell you and need to say. Not easy sometimes but it is really the best that can be done from this great distance.