Running on Empty
“Let the battery run right down before recharging” is often heard nowadays in connection with a whole host of ‘modern’ appliances. “Constant topping up will impact negatively on the life of the battery”, and so on.
Sound advice for batteries. But what about us? How much more can we give when we are nearly empty? Emotionally, physically, mentally drained beyond mere tiredness. Stressed out to the max and hurting to the point of being unable to cry. Can we go on? Should we go on? For what?
Just getting to this point is quite possibly a mistake, though each has his or her own reasons for pushing on for so long. In a way it mirrors the overkill mentality of life all around us. Enough is never enough, be it in terms of food, drink, money, or time.
And what does it get us? How productive can we be when our senses are numbed and we cannot see further than the task in progress? Some might thrive on the stress; many don’t if we are to believe the data concerning broken relationships, family killings and suicides in our civilized society.
I’m not thinking about work-life balance here. At times we all need to focus on a particular task to the exclusion of all else. This concentrated effort is often what takes us forward professionally. I’m referring more to the pressure placed on us to remain locked into a game not of our choosing.
Running on empty gets us no medals. Chasing the goals of others will never earn us their approval. Clarifying our own values, deciding our own objectives and carefully evaluating the cost of attaining them is our responsibility. Others have their own agendas.
Life is about expressing our own full potential. Putting ourselves in the position to do so is up to us. In the words of Buddha: “We ourselves must walk the path”.
Thanks for choosing to be here today.