Last week my husband and I went to Santa Fe New Mexico for a few days of vacation before Easter. From the moment I started to decompress I realized I was, and still am, suffering from exhaustion. If you are “running a marathon” in your life, relentlessly striving to make more real the things you most care about and love, facing up to the fact that you must learn how to manage when you are at the “end of your endurance rope” is critical. Love seems effortless until all of sudden you wake up and realize you have not been sleeping for what seems like a year. Time to re-read the Corporate Athlete.
Paying it Forward
What does Paying it Forward mean to you?
Lately I have been giving a lot of thought to this idea. I have realized I live by this mantra. Do you? It’s hard to. And easy to not want to because so few do. Giving of oneself is in short supply. Me first ” I don’t have time” attitudes rule. And it seems to be particularly prevalent amongst those who have been given the most.
The excuse that we are all too stressed, too busy and have too many personal problems to be of help to anyone else can only produce one result: an endless cycle downward. And the only way to break it is to.
Giving of your time, talents and money are all we can be remembered for.
These are the tools of our legacy.
You can’t take your ego or your pot of gold with you when you go.
But if you choose to pay it forward instead you can become the most important person to someone else in need of what you have to give- which they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Often in life I have been told to have more patience. Patience is something you practice to get better at. And when you have then what? I wonder if there is a point where our patience has become the absurd equivalent of Waiting For Godot….
Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett. The play depicts the meaninglessness of life–with its repetitive plot, where nothing much happens. Here are a few quotes from Waiting for Godot I particularly enjoy.
- “Let’s go. Yes, let’s go.” (They do not move).
- “The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh. Let us not then speak ill of our generation, it is not any unhappier than its predecessors. Let us not speak well of it either. Let us not speak of it at all. It is true the population has increased.”