When You Just Have Too Much to Do


Fruits Basket was my first manga that I actually bothered to read… It was quite possibly because the main character, Tohru Honda has such big eyes that stood out to me on the cover. The series has a really nice atmosphere which stresses the importance, yet simplicity of life. While Fruits Basket offers many life and social lessons that one would do well to learn, one analogy featured in the manga keeps presenting itself to me, time and time again.

Often times during life, and especially at this high school – college transition that I will be going through soon, one feels like they just have too many things to do. Some days feel overwhelming with so much stuff to do that must meet deadlines and can’t simply be skipped. Even the best organizers and planners face situations like these from time to time, but the analogy that Fruits Basket presents to this problem does an excellent job in addressing what needs to be done…

Imagine if you were a maid and it was your duty to do the laundry. Now imagine that somehow you were out in the middle of nowhere, with just a laundry tub and clothesline with mountains of clothes to be washed. Mountains of clothes surround you, and there are so many that clothes are even at your feet. You imagine how daunting a task it is and you stand there in amazement if such a job could ever be done. The more you think about it, the more panicked you become, you become more and more overwhelmed by the task at hand…

However, all this time, the laundry is still sitting there. The more you think about all of these things, the more time keeps passing by, with no progress at all. If you were to start at the clothes at your feet, and keep washing, sure enough, you will finish your work. Once the clothes are all hung out to dry, you can look back on what you have just done, and reflect on how much you can accomplish.

Sometimes all one needs to do is act, rather than think. Give this analogy some thought and you will find out how many situations you can use it in- you might be surprised.

 

8 Comments

  1. Transfer Student
    Class 4-B

    hello!

    i was actually looking for the chapter in Fruits Basket where the analog about the laundry was mentioned when i stumbled on your blog. do you know what chapter it is?

    thanks!

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    • Nightmaren
      Student Council
      会長 | Class 4-B
      Seat no. 1
      Valid from: 07/24/2010 at 6:04 am

      Hello ~KATE~! Thanks for stopping by and reading. I made this blog entry so long ago– I don't do the analogy justice! The Laundry analogy can be found in Chapter 46, approximately on page 28. There are so many nice lessons presented in Fruits Basket that many people can stand to learn ^^

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      • Transfer Student
        Class 4-B
        Valid from: 07/25/2010 at 4:21 am

        thanks for the prompt response! as for me, you did the analogy justice! i am your new follower! ^^,

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  2. pauli
    Transfer Student
    Class 4-D
    Valid from: 06/15/2010 at 3:52 pm

    hey thanks for the post. i was stressing out and then i rmbed this analogy, and i couldnt rmb where it was from. then i rmbed fruits basket and googled it…and found your post. this is so true, i'll try to focus on one thing at a time. im going to be a senior in high school…everythings just so O.O right now. but okay, i'll deal with it =D

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    • Nightmaren
      Student Council
      会長 | Class 4-B
      Seat no. 1
      Valid from: 06/15/2010 at 4:13 pm

      Cheers, buddy! I just finished my first year of college so I can relate somewhat. It's people like you who make me glad I blog, and who push me to keep posting. Best of luck with everything!

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  3. SooRa
    Transfer Student
    Class 1-C
    Valid from: 09/12/2008 at 4:10 am

    ahh yah, I know exactly what you're saying. Except, when it comes to my free time, I'm not the best multi-tasker and I do just let that pile of laundry pile up and up. >_>;;; If only I could do just as well at home as I do at work XDI really love the Fruits basket anime/manga as well. It always makes me cry when I watch it.*misses the simple things in life*I'm glad you wrote this post as it reminds me of things that I need to do as well.

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  4. Draco
    Transfer Student
    Class 2-D
    Valid from: 09/08/2008 at 4:47 pm

    Yeah I understand what you're getting at. There's just too many things you want to do but not enough time to do them. The things to do just keep piling up, specially for a senior as yourself (I shudder at the memory of my senior year in both high school and college). Any shred of procrastination would pretty much throw a wrench in the gears of your plan and just thinking about the amount of work you need to finish would just make you stressed out (have I told you about me getting nervous breakdowns? :P).But yeah if things need to be done, just do it. Don't sit around and think about it coz it just makes your head hurt. At these times multi tasking helps a lot too. Also having something playing in the background to serve as a mild distraction helps a bit since if you just stick to one task for a long period, you tend to lose some interest in accomplishing it (well in my case at least). Well from here on its going to be really busy for you, specially for the path you have chosen. Cheer up, you got everyone's support. Think of it as one of the many hurdles you have to overcome to achieve your goal. And if it ever becomes too much to bear, remember there are friends who are there for you always ^^

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  5. Yon
    Transfer Student
    Class 2-D

    http://www.boltcity.com/copper/copper_034_steps.htm : it's exactly what you're saying. In similar situations i didn't even bothered to think about that problem, i just worked till it was finished :P .

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