Can you relate? You know those days you do 101 things, yet you can't pin point exactly what you did? You do a bunch of small things--returning emails, making phone calls, cleaning up messes, switching laundry….And then you get to the end of the day asking yourself, what did I do today? And why in the world am I so tired?
You get to the day's end completely wiped and frazzled feeling like you just slid into home base by the skin on your teeth. You stand up, dust yourself off and wonder, what just happened? Today felt like the longest shortest day of my life. Do you know what I'm talking about?
Today was like that for me! And maybe it was for you too!
They live day-to-day in a flurry of activity that doesn't really get them anywhere (other than going in circles!). They succumb to the tyranny of the urgent. Typically these people don't know how to set boundaries and say NO. They scurry around trying to make ends meet and they get a kick out of rescuing people from problems (can you say, codependent and enablers!). These are the people that come to the rescue for those who plan poorly.
You know the phrase: "Improper planning on your part does not constitute a crisis on my part." But for these people, your problem becomes their problem. This is part of the vicious cycle they live in and partly why they just survive running around in circles, putting fires out without ever moving forward.
It's sad really especially if they knew they were made for so much more.
But the difference between those who live in survival mode and those who live in thrive mode is MINDFULNESS. Those who thrive know survival days are not every day. They have a survival day once in a blue moon, but it's not the norm. Thrivers (is that a word? We will call it one for today) are people who have a vision for their future. They are moving forward, not just running around in circles. Thrivers are those who "LIVE and let live." That's an adage from Alcoholics Anonymous.
Live and Let Live -- meaning you live your life and let others live theirs. Stop trying to control other people and put out other people's fires. Live your life and let others lives theirs.
Well I hope that was an encouraging and thought provoking word for today. Until tomorrow, take care and THRIVE, don't just survive! Be mindful of the tension!