“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
When I read this statement, I was brought up short. Not because I don't do things that make me "come alive" -- I do. In fact, I do these types of things quite often. But, the reason I was taken aback a bit was because I also do things that -- well -- just don't! In fact, sometimes I do things that feel like they are sucking the life out of me. I imagine that many of us do -- frankly, it is likely that we all HAVE to do some things that do not nurture us. I, personally, can't think if a single person that I know now or have ever known who are able to completely remove all draining influences.
The key is to counter those things that drain with things that energize. Again -- I am not always successful in maintaining this balancing act. Now is a good example. My recently revisited project is one of those life suckers. Anxiety levels are high. Frustration abounds. Scheduled daily tasks are . . . challenging. Despite all this, I continue to plug away -- to attempt to make continued progress, however slow. So, I must ask the question . . .
At what point does the draining activity become something that must be let go? At what point do the difficulties and issues brought about by this project warrant setting it aside for good? Many times in this process I have wondered if all of the obstacles I have encountered in finishing these revisions are a sign that I am not meant to finish. This is usually followed by the knowledge that, frequently our most satisfying accomplishments are achieved by overcoming adversity.
I wonder which this will be -- something that was not meant to be or something that I look back on and smile because I was the little engine that could and kept on chugging no matter how steep the hill/mountain got!
How do you decide when it is time to move on? How many life suckers have you managed to complete or get rid of in some other way? What are some of the energizing things you do to balance your life?