Leadership

Running to stand still

A typical day for most of us is likely jam-packed with activity: going to meetings, scrambling to meet deadlines, responding to interruptions, running errands, maybe squeezing a bit of personal time in between family commitments. And on and on.

To paraphrase the African proverb: it doesn’t really matter whether we are the lion or the gazelle. All we know is that with the rising of the sun we feel we had better start running.

The ability to be connected anytime, anywhere drives many of us to obsessively check our in-box, go to social media sites dozens of times a day (what if we miss something!?!?) and keep our smart phone always at the ready just to be sure we stay abreast of any text messages.

Yet…

How often is our daily agenda controlled by things that we tell ourselves we are supposed to do versus truly need or want to do?

How much of our time is spent on things that seem urgent, but are hardly important?

Why do we feel we must constantly know what’s going on?  Is it because we see ourselves as super heroes who might be called into action at any moment to save the planet? What are we afraid of if we don’t get to that e-mail for a few hours?

How much are we driven by the warm blanket of busyness that keeps our mind full rather than allowing ourselves the space to be mindful, present and intentional?

And how often, at the end of the day, do we beat ourselves up for not having accomplished much at all?

If we are honest with ourselves, how much is just running to stand still?

Exhausting ourselves on purpose, ultimately seems devoid of purpose.

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