I understand at times the nice rhythm in our lives may become irregular and extremely busy for a season. I know, like all of us from lived experiences. Nevertheless, this is a dangerous ongoing pattern to base life on, and certainly unsustainable on any level. I know what burnout feels like and I also understand what it is like to be “under the pump,” for what seems like a lifetime. The little cartoon is a great illustration of how we can miss highly productive opportunities and gain vital help. What is at the core of your busy? It may be similar to me people pleasing? Also, possibly pride, I will do it my way? Whatever you find when you search your heart, will need exploration and contemplation; and if you have faith also prayer. Questions like, why am I continuing this madness? Unquestionably, it is an individualistic exploration and totally unique to your set of circumstances.
The Chinese word for ‘busy’ consists of 2 parts. One part; symbolizes the human heart, the other symbolizes death.The meaning that can be extrapolated is that when one is excessively busy, his heart is dead.We associate busyness with success. In reality, we find there are plenty of people who are very busy but going nowhere.”Busy” is not always a virtue it often means the heart is being neglected”. –
Words by Chin Ning Chu author of “Do Less, Achieve More”
Often people in caring professionals neglect themselves. We must always remember to do the things that help us find meaning and happiness. We must eat well and get some sleep and exercise. In order to be effective careers for others, we should be good cares of yourself. This is not selfish, but necessary to avoid burnout and cause harm to others in our care.
We must always remember to do the things that help us find meaning and happiness. We must eat well and get some sleep and exercise. In order to be effective careers for others, we should be good cares of ourselves. This is not selfish, but necessary to avoid burnout and cause harm to others in our care.
I appreciate it not always simple to initiate changes, especially if you have lots of obligations. Nonetheless, you also have a loyalty to yourself and your family and friends.
I like beautifully written prayers and this is one, is a favourite, when I am considering making big changes.
Teach me to welcome change, instead of fearing it. Lord, I give you these stirrings inside me. I give you my discontent. I give you my restlessness. I give you my doubt. I give you my despair. I give you all the longings I hold inside. Help me to listen to these signs of change, of growth; help me to listen seriously and follow where they lead through the breathtaking empty space of an open door.
Claiborne, Shane. Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (pp. 552-553). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.