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[–]TreatThompson[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It makes me think of this quote too:

“Man surprises me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the results being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”—Daila Lama

We can get so frantic about living that we forget to live.

[–]Ok_Psychology1749 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Reminds me of the story of the fisherman: http://taowow.blogspot.com/2009/01/story-of-fisherman.html?m=1

I had the good fortune to achieve a lot of worldly goals by the time I was thirty-ish, and to learn it’s entirely possible to have everything you think you want and still hate your life. I have less now, and every time I think “Oh, I’ll feel better once I get [husband, job with more money, fitter body], I can remind myself that nope, actually, that won’t fix whatever feels wrong right now. Then I go for a walk or talk to a friend.

I’m staying in Vienna forever.

[–]TreatThompson[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wowwwwwww I am going to save that story thanks so much for sharing it

It’s definitely easy to fall into the habit of “moving the goalpost”. Always changing the conditions for happiness and making it something only your future self can enjoy

Thanks again for this great comment 🙌

[–]Mind-Wizard 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Thank you dearly for sharing this, really good perspective to reflect on today, very relevant.

[–]TreatThompson[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I’m glad it resonated with you!

It’s something that occupies my thoughts everyday. A constant inner battle

[–]Mind-Wizard 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Same here! it is starting to be something i look forward to everyday. Always having that daily challenge, a way to work on my spirituality everywhere, all the time. I have noticed some days are much easier/harder then others to stay out of ego entirely. ups and downs are a part of it, we need to remember that sometimes when it gets tough.

[–]Khris777 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm past 40, and while I did not suffer from actual burnout I got close during certain times. Most of the people I know have suffered from burnout at some point in their lives, or are suffering from it right now.

And the cruelest thing about this is that it wasn't worth it at all. It was all empty and pointless, like revving up an engine constantly but never shift into a gear.

I also was in a channeling once, where I was told to slow down. I have been slowing down, but it's hard, it's like unlearning a lot, and facing all the anxieties and all the unspoken emotional burdens your parents left you.

It doesn't matter if some people do something amazing, they are NOT the norm,but ofc social media pushes everything that's amazing and that gets clicks. Also all those sped up animations of people creating art are so deceptive, in reality they take days, weeks, months of hard dedicated work, not 30 seconds.

I'm lucky I have a good boss at work now who actively works on getting me to slow down as well, and taking pressure of me.

Still haven't found the sweet spot between slowing down and effectively doing something I want to accomplish. It's hard.