Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Hello there, friend,

Saturday night I sat on the edge of my bed, tears streaming down my face. I had just watched the Let Go and Live Your Life video and it was doing its work on me. I think we can all relate to that feeling, wanting to rest and live and hold onto these precious moments as they happen. Who wants to waste their one wild and precious life?

Not long ago, I read part of an essay by an advertising executive who, after retiring and pulling away from his demanding job, realized how utterly useless all that overworking was. He saw his old co-workers trying to outdo each other with how many hours they worked or how little sleep they got. And all this man could feel is that he had wasted his life worrying about these same things, things that didn't matter.

At the end of our lives, does it matter what we accomplished? Yes, and no. There is so much to do, and work (however you define it) is a very large part of our lives. Work can enliven our spirits as much as drain us, the same as creative pursuits and extracurricular activities and keeping up with the Joneses. But at the end of the day, at the end of our lives, do we look at each other and say, Look at how much I accomplished! Look at how much work I've done!

We can kill ourselves striving to get a ton of stuff done or worrying about what we can never get done. But what really matters more than all of that is loving and loving well. No to-do list could ever match that hunger in the human spirit. We're not human doings; we're human beings, after all.