Knowing we desire growth and improvement is one thing. Always driving ourselves is another. Maybe the answer isn’t that we need to do better, try harder, push more. Maybe the answer is recognizing how well things are going with our career and personal life.
Pushing ourselves can become habitual that we deny ourselves any feelings of satisfaction. No matters how well or how much we do better, do more keeps pushing us on. It doesn’t let us rest. We still feel it isn’t quite good enough.
I had been pushing myself that hard, and I needed a real break. I had to give myself permission to put that drive aside. I had to quiet that part of me that wants to do more, be more, and accomplish more. I am learning how well I do things professionally, and personally, even if no one else appreciates my efforts.
I am learning that our world abounds with quiet, free sources of revitalization. My favorite activity is spending the day at the beach. I love reading books and falling asleep on the beach. And, when I leave the beach, I feel like I’ve been touched by the sun and changed.
Cherish your favorite spaces, and open yourself to discovering new places. I am learning to be happy now. I am enjoying the process of creating my life, myself, and whatever I am currently working on with my career or personal life. I am going to continue working towards my goals, but I am not waiting for the finishing moments to enjoy the moments, but I’m learning to take pleasure in my job and life. I am finding joy in the journey.