Bitten off more than you can chew?

Seagull: x##!gggll22st  stt3##^  zxxz,,%!!? ddff%! ##44sasa  po()***  ##!&xx  @@@ $#$s vbbvb …squaaaaaack!

Translation: Why didn’t someone tell me to think about how I was going to swallow this whole starfish before I put it in my mouth? If I put it down the others will grab it. If I hold it like this I can’t swallow it!  Gee, actually I think it is stuck!. What do I do now?

  • Have YOU ever bitten off more than you can chew….taken on a responsibility or accepted a commitment that was realistically too big? What did you do? What did you learn from that experience?
  • Were you able to take “smaller bites” (more realistic tasks or commitments) next time?
  • How do we know if something is too big of a commitment before we begin? Are there ways to take on a big job and do it with balance and without a false sense of “I need to complete this on my own” responsibility?
  • Is it hard to ask for help? Does it mean that we are less or weak if we ask for help or delegate? How does one know when it is right to complete something on one’s own or ask for support or specific help?
  • What can we do if we find that our “mouthful” is much bigger than we thought it was and we feel stuck? How can we re-group without shirking our responsibility?
  • What other questions come to mind as you look closely at this photo?

How do these questions fit into our study of creating and maintaining comm-UNITY?

3 thoughts on “Bitten off more than you can chew?

  1. Ari

    That is funny and cute at the same time. But I get the point. Think about the consequences BEFOREhand. I have the picture in my mind now.

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