Back in October, I selected a theme for each day of the week that aligned with my interests. I made this change to the blog after focusing on my health for 30 consecutive days. Doing so made me realize that I was being more reactive with the blog than proactive. Focusing on my health helped me prioritize something that I said was important earlier in the year and gave me a sense of control over my blog posts.
Another aspect of importance was remaining conscious about my thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and actions about any topic that arose in my day-to-day life. Thoughtful Thursdays, in essence, was an extension of what I had been doing the entire year...just limited to one day a week. It was a "catch-all day" to write about whatever came to me.
I'm choosing today to reflect on the 10 prior Thoughtful Thursday posts, which included topics such as choice, grief, compassion, fear, and even my failure to formulate a post, while having a ton of ideas floating in my head. Upon reflection, I see that I did as intended. I wrote about what was in my frame of consciousness that given Thursday, regardless of how raw my feelings were or what others would think. Hell, I did that the entire year leading up to implementing themes.
Given Thoughtful Thursday's was an extension of what I had done prior to themes, it's a bit challenging to distinguish lessons learned/guidance/offerings between Thoughtful Thursday's and the entire year's posts. Challenging, but not impossible.
I did identify one beneficial thing. The beauty of limited freedom. Let me explain what I mean.
Prior to implementing themes, I sometimes felt overwhelmed with determining writing topics. (Writing is hard, let alone writing daily!) The mental focus I gained from implementing themes greatly lessened the feeling of overwhelm.
(Imagine yourself in the grocery store. You're in the soup aisle looking at 30 cans of chicken noodle soup. It takes you longer to make a decision as to which one to buy simply because there are too many choices. Reduce the options down to two or three and you can make the decision much more quickly, and likely without feeling overwhelmed.)
While Thoughtful Thursdays was still my free-for-all day, it was limited to only once per week. I found I handled that a bit better. I wrote about whatever I wanted, just like I did initially with the blog, yet it wasn't overwhelming.
So the take-away I offer is this: if you find yourself overwhelmed, limit the choices/frequency, if at all possible. This strategy can't be applied to every problem, but it certainly may help in some instances like it did for me.
Be open to what comes.