April 20th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Hurried and worried until we’re buried
And there’s no curtain call,
Life’s a very funny proposition,
—George M. Cohan
Often, when we involve ourselves in a whirlwind of activities, plans, and expectations, we push ourselves so hard that we don’t derive any satisfaction from success. We need to face our limitations. We can’t do everything we want. Even when we can do a great deal, if we overextend ourselves, take on too much, we will not enjoy ourselves, and there is no reason not to enjoy our work.
Our activities are part of what we are. If we choose to live in a frantic hurry, worrying about the next moment instead of this one, we’ll miss life entirely. Part of self-knowledge is learning to pace ourselves to our own speed, learning to set goals we can attain for each day. When we do this, we can say, “Now that I’ve completed this, I don’t have to do one more thing to feel worthwhile.”
Am I trying to do too much too fast?
From Today’s Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©1985, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved.