Mostly because its not my problems that I am solving. I seem to have spent the last five days putting out fires, rebuilding lost websites, reputations, getting other people's work done, and completely ignoring my own. How does that happen? I am too much of a competent fixer of problems not my own. And as happy as I am to help, it has become a burden of my own making -- an excuse not to solve my problems or face my own hard things.
I need to be more like woman below, the problems of others muted into a much smaller elephant, nudging at my side. But she is calm and won't be moved, focused (not unkindly) on enjoying her coffee and her own thoughts.
Top photo: Haying in Cogne, 1959 by Pepi Merisio. Bottom photo: A photo of Dame Daphne Sheldrick, one of Africa's best known conservationists, who with her husband worked at Tsavo, Kenya's biggest National Park. She wrote an autobiography, Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story, published in 2012. (Thanks to Sarah for the heads up on this photo!)