“Is this necessary?”
—Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from 161 to 180
How often do you feel or hear yourself telling others that you are busy, slammed, and overwhelmed with all the demands of life? How often do you ever get to the bottom of your to-do list with energy left over to spend as you wish?
We all crave some wiggle room and respite in our days to recharge, renew, and even play. Many don’t let themselves play until all the work is done — and it rarely is.
Write the question, “Is this necessary?” on a few post-it notes places in strategic spots at home and at work. Now capture all those past to-do items that end up your ‘to-don’t-do” list. Share this list with others to support your new intentions and accountability.
“Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.”
—Euripides, classic Greek tragedian
Image from Unsplash by Vicky Sim
It is so sad that in order to see man at his best we often need a crisis to occur.
When lives are on the line, new levels of extraordinary courage and strength are found and mobilized.
Almost every newscast ends on positive notes of heroism, acknowledging this capacity in select individuals, hopefully to engender this quality within us all. In this way, our own strength and inner heroes are aroused to come to the rescue of those in our personal and professional communities who are in need.
What will happen when the dust settles on the pandemic and we get back to whatever “normal” may look like mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and economically?
How might we maintain our individual and collective strength when things are a bit less dire?
What new or greater capacities have you discovered in yourself and within your communities?
How can and will you expand and build on these to proactively better your individual and our collective world in the good and not so good times ahead?