The difference between busy and productive is akin to the difference between asphyxiation and a hug.
We don’t require vacations from work. From time-to-time, we require vacations from how we are currently thinking about our work. If we are feeling overwhelmed, it’s likely not the quantity of work, but rather the quality of our work being hindered by our mental approach. We are hard-wired to work; to put our minds to good use. The world doesn’t benefit from good minds being idle. The best vacation would be a permanent vacation from negative thoughts; thoughts that keep us from being the best versions of ourselves.
The only benefit of anger is known and felt in its aftermath – that we lost control over what’s most important in times of emotional reactivity: composure. Composure helps us navigate through our problems; anger serves only to prolong and/or exacerbate them.
Is it better to have 99 problems that carry the weight of the world, or 1 problem that carries the weight of the world? Either way, if we perceive the weight to be the same, the quantity doesn’t matter.
It doesn’t matter what chapter we’re on, it’s most important to know what type of story we’re in. Although we can’t control much of what happens, we do get to determine the genre of the story of our lives, because we get to choose how we live through what happens.
Although the use of “will” admittedly adds confidence to a statement, making it sound more likely to occur than using a word like “might,” it’s still reliant on a future action. We can “will” ourselves to death by continually putting off until tomorrow what we failed to accomplish today. When it comes to right action, what happened is better than what hasn’t happened…yet. When we’ve done what we set out to do, we are better for it. The future will always know what we’ve done today, but will never know what we will do tomorrow.
We learn from failing. In order to fail, we have to embrace the idea of bracing for impact. For that’s what affords us the opportunity to get back up and try again. If we choose to spend our time dodging obstacles or avoiding what we fear, we are really choosing to allow our minds and experiences to be stunted. We’ll grow old and gray while our minds remain adolescent and inexperienced. Avoidance is no fountain of youth, it simply creates mountains of ignorance that obstruct an enlightened view.