Cinch By the Inch

Cinch By the Inch

“It’s a cinch by the inch, but hard by the yard” is a maxim I repeat often. When something feels too big for me, I remind myself that I don’t have to tackle it all at once. Breaking it down into smaller pieces makes it more manageable—and less overwhelming.

As a college student, I parceled each semester into two-week increments and tried to keep my focus on what I needed to accomplish within that timeframe. Continuing with rehab following my October shoulder surgery, I celebrate each tiny bit of progress as I work to regain range of motion and strength. Yes, I still get overwhelmed and frustrated at times, but it helps me to recognize that I’m making progress, no matter how small.

Books are made up of chapters, chapters of paragraphs, paragraphs of sentences, sentences of words, and words of letters. Just as I rarely sit down with a novel and expect to complete it in one sitting, I try to tackle the tasks and challenges of my life in smaller pieces. That approach keeps me from “biting off more than I can chew” too!

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About the Author

Joan McKamey has served in many capacities in her 15 years with Franciscan Media. She is currently the managing editor of Catholic Update, a monthly publication for adult faith formation of individuals and small groups. She also draws on her years as a parish catechetical leader in her columns for the monthly e-newsletter Faith Formation Update. She is married and is raising a teenage daughter.