The other day, I gave some thought to reducing the length of my posts. I’m learning a lot from bloggers who are incredibly busy but still find the time to blog way more often than I do, like one of my mentors, Seth Godin. Seth blogs every day, and I can’t imagine how many competing priorities he has, it befuddles me. I think the secret is that he keeps his articles short. I’m learning.
Recently, I’ve been overwhelmingly busy. Dealing with a lot of personal issues that are taking a lot of time to get resolved, getting used to the role I play with my new amazing team at WP Engine, moving to a new place in Austin, closing up freelance projects and throttling down on those so I can invest more time with my new team, the list is endless. I’ve observed myself become a mindless drone cycling through activities every time I’m awake and never really stopping to breath or take a break.
Yesterday, I took some time to silence the storm and think. Why am I spending all this time doing what I’m doing? To live a comfortable and more fulfilling life, and to achieve my purpose for being. How often do you stop to think and feel some gratitude for how far you’ve come? Or to enjoy the comfort you are working so hard to achieve? Or even stop to ask yourself how close you are to where you’re going, or if you’re still on the right track?
I’m reminding myself, there’s still a lot of water to tread. So many more storms to be victorious through and much more life to live. Don’t get so used to the storm that you don’t enjoy the calm when it shows up. Don’t focus so much on treading that you forget to enjoy the swim. The treading will never stop if we don’t find opportunities to swim in the middle. You work to rise above, and then you glide. Work is not being, we work in order to be.
Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim. – Tyler Knott Gregson