How to Eat an Elephant… | Sean Gallo Designs

For your consideration…

Even when we think we do, we never know the entire picture. We can plan. We can think we have prepared for everything. But life is life and we never know the whole story or see the entire picture. We may wish we could but the fact is the we could not handle knowing the entire story that is our life.

Last year at this time I was struggling to know the best options for my husband, Bruce. It was becoming increasingly difficult for me to care for him by myself. A friend of mine went through the same thing last summer but she was forced to make decisions very quickly. Still another friend is going through the same thing right now. I recommended that these friends talk because friend one had very good advice for friend two. “You eat an elephant one bite at a time. You have to take that first bite.”

Big decisions…like taking care of a loved one…or any other decisions big or small all have different legs attached to them. The “what ifs” can paralyze us. As we try to weigh out all of the options, we find we can not make any decision at all.

Our message today tells us that we just have to “take a bite”…take a step. Don’t worry if it is the perfect one or not. We can always course correct as we need to. But taking that bite gets us moving and creates space for what need to be put in our path. A bite is just a bite. A step is just a step. It is ok. Suspend judgment of yourself, let go of your fear, and with faith just take the first bite.

That is the HOPE. And so it is.


Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take…

-Affirm…“I am loved.”

-Remember…”You are the keeper of the light. Where ever you go there can be no darkness.”

-Meditate/pray…ask…”What is my next step for my highest good and the highest good of all?”

-Drink lots of water.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-Take a bite of the elephant.


What made me smile yesterday…

-A beautiful day.

-A productive morning.

-Watching Conner in the afternoon. We had a great walk to the playground.

-Great progress on Amelia’s shower.

-A good book.


Love, Blessings, and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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