can’t think of a better word to describe some of the strongest emotions
my heart has felt in my relatively short lifetime. The first spark of love,
burning tears, red hot anger, a flaming soul, roaring passion; all of
these feeling have one thing in common…fire. Fire has been my drive in starting my companies, traveling, blogging, applying to law school and starting to develop a non-profit organization to help fight teen depression. These fiery desires all burn within me and have made me all the wonderful things I am today, they have also been my obstacles. I have recently found myself so exhausted from working 50-60 hours a week and then coming home to study, blog, cook, clean, take care of the puppy, schedule appointments, etc. I have been working seven days a week for the past couple of months and if I every get away with 40 hours a week I pretty much had a vacation. My fire has been literally burning me out. I have an addiction to work and progression, which can be great strengths as well as vices. I’ve been reflected on the words of wisdom spoken to me over the last year about not running faster than being able. I know I am not the only person in this position, I’m sure most of you have found time slipping by and your body giving in to weariness, so instead of getting burned up by your fire I would like to share a few quotes and words of advice I am trying to work on as well.
Gandhi stated, “There is more to life than increasing it’s speed”. Life already moves so quickly, why do we feel the need to fill every minute instead of enjoying it and focusing and the most important things? Sometimes “we have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best” as Dallin H. Oaks once said. When I evaluated my time I started to realize I was spending a lot of my efforts doing jobs and tasks that are not ultimately important to me and it was time for me to cut back on a few things in order to make room for what matters most. For each of you what matters the most may be different, but take some time this holiday season to stop and remember your priorities so you don’t get lost in stress and living a life full of keeping up with the neighbors or chasing after things that ultimately make less time for what your most important goals are. Not to mention, take time for your mental stability! Take it from me, last holiday season I was in tears every other day completely overwhelmed with everything I had put on my plate.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, let the roaring fire in your body dwindle so you can more clearly see which sparks to focus on and rekindle the fires of what ultimately matters most.