The challenge is not just to slow down, but to accept our limitations. In a subtle way, we want to do it all and do it good, but often become frenzied with the demands on our time and talents. I have done this many times, never wanting to miss an opportunity or wanting to appear less than totally compassionate.
Helen Luke speaks to all of this when she talks of the trip of good work. She refers to “those who pour all their energy into other people, while blind to their own needs.” Although it seems like an old adage, a place to start: Do one thing at a time and do it well and that will lead you to greater fulfillment.
Start by taking some time to reflect on Thomas Merton quote: “To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of the activist neutralizes his or her work for peace.”
For more reflections, check out Mark Nepo’s New York Times Bestseller, “The Book of Awakening – Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have.”