I am by no means a math nerd, but when my pastor talked about the Fibonacci sequence in his sermon he had my full and undivided attention. It was as if the Fibonacci sequence confirmed exactly how I feel when one more thing gets added to my calendar. I feel overwhelmed as if that one thing came with uninvited friends.
Let me briefly explain the Fibonacci sequence. It is basically a sequence of numbers that are found by adding up the two numbers before it.
0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 . . .
Do you get it? Here is an extended version of the Fibonacci sequence:
0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, 1597, 2584, 4181, 6765, 10946, 17711, 28657, 46368, 75025, 121393, 196418, 317811 . . .
When I use the Fibonacci sequence to understand how overwhelmed I feel at times, it all makes sense. For instance this weekend my husband casually asked me to create a bison jerky recipe for his business Red Cedar Bison to bring to the Franklin Farmers Market next Saturday. I suddenly felt as if he had just put the weight of the world on my shoulders.
Why? Well, let’s just look at my regular schedule based on the Fibonacci sequence.
1. Devoted and faithful wife.
1. Present and involved mother to all 3 kids.
2. Prolific author.
3. Business owner Selah Press.
5. Helpmate in husband’s businesses GreenWorksLD.com and RedCedarBison.com
8. Friend and active family member in extended family.
13. Homeschool teacher for German and Math.
21. Provide healthy food for family.
55. Launch new services division. (Announcement coming soon!)
89. Dust bunny rancher and mess wrangler.
144. Taxi driver to school, dance and various activities.
233. Manage household.
377. Make samples for farmers market weekly.
610. Write a recipe for bison jerky (Find past research, slice and defrost meat, buy ingredients for marinade, create marinade, marinate meat, dehydrate meat, test, if successful format recipe, if not successful repeat.)
987. Publish 2nd Edition of How to Self-Publish by the end of the month.
1597. There is more but I didn’t want to frighten y’all.
Believe it or not number 34 is too often not taken care of based on the crushing demand of the other items on the list.
On number 610 I wrote out many of the steps it takes to do a single item. I think it is all the multiple unseen steps that make the Fibonacci sequence so true to my life. Every single item on our daily “to do” lists have layers of steps that take time and energy. We often add one more thing to our list without realizing the weight of that seemingly small task adds to our overall burden.
Somehow I feel less crazy for being overwhelmed occasionally now that the feeling has a mathematical equation and name. How about you? Does it make you reevaluate and prioritize your schedule?