We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with messages that mediocrity is not enough.
A day without toil is a day wasted. A moment away from the grind is a moment losing to someone who wasn’t. You could go on with trite platitudes and bullshit like this all day.
In reality, for most of us however, that constant grind isn’t sustainable.
Sure we can do it for a while, especially when the chips are down, but sooner or later we have to pay the piper.
We can either do this in increments, such as by taking periodic breaks in our grinding. Or perhaps we can even take longer respites, such as weeklong vacations or heart attacks. Different strokes for different folks I guess (unintentional double entendre).
Today I took a nap in a bounce house and then had an icicle fight with my son.
And while I am worn out from sledding and wrestling and snow volcanos, I feel better than I have in weeks. Because that time was spent with the people I love the most, being my wife and children. Their smiling faces filled my heart today and made all that work and hustle worth every bit.
It can be exciting when we start pushing into new frontiers and new achievements, but without taking the time to recharge, we can burnout quickly.
So take some time and catch your breath. Count your blessings and gather your strength.
The arena awaits, but it’s not going anywhere.