“You can do anything, but not everything.” ~David Allen …
You can do anything in life. And with this knowledge… it is easy to get caught up trying to smash as much as we can into our days. Tasks at work, chores around the home, helping the kids or neighbors with a project, volunteering with a local group or charity, reading and self-improvement, the list goes on and on. And with so much that we have the opportunity to undertake, it is important that we recognize that we have to keep our commitments within reasonable means.
How many of us were coaxed into working 50 to 60 hour weeks by a boss who does not know, or care, about a healthy work-life balance. When we accept this type of stressful lifestyle as the norm, we miss out on so much potential happiness and growth and instead fill our lives with stress and probable failure points.
Peace of mind is much more important than achieving “everything” in life. Be aware of how much you commit to doing each day and make it a priority to not overextend yourself. Life is far too short to be lost or swept away in the storms of the sea.
Make it your goal today to not overextend yourself in anything you undertake.
Questions to consider:
How often do you find that you have overextended yourself? What effect does that have on you?
Think of someone you know who constantly commits to more than they can handle. What is their life like? Is it a life you would like to live?
What kind of steps can you take to ensure that you always seek balance in your responsibilities and commitments?
For further thought:
“We are in such haste to be doing, to be writing, to be gathering gear, to make our voice audible a moment in the derisive silence of eternity, that we forget one thing, of which these are but the parts–namely, to live. We fall in love, we drink hard, we run to and fro upon the earth like frightened sheep. And now you are to ask yourself if, when all is done, you would not have been better to sit by the fire at home, and be happy thinking. To sit still and contemplate… is this not to know both wisdom and virtue, and to dwell with happiness?” ~Robert Louis Stevenson