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History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
-- Maya Angelou


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Empty pursuits

There are plenty of things you can do to keep busy, to keep yourself feeling like you are doing something. Yet what you’re really after is not just the feeling of doing something, but the experience of doing something that matters.

Busy work is enticing because it doesn’t ask much of you and doesn’t force you to make any real decisions. Yet the desire to be busy will not be fully satisfied by busy work.

What you have is a desire to do something significant, that makes a difference. It is a desire to express your purpose through your efforts.

If you’re spending a lot of time doing busy work that’s mostly empty, you have an opportunity. You can decide to let go of some of that busy work, and suddenly you have time to do some truly magnificent and meaningful things.

When it seems there’s no time for doing what will make a real difference in the world, the problem is not a lack of time. The problem is filling too much of that time with empty pursuits.

Instead of merely appearing busy, fill your moments with purposeful actions. And know how great it feels to be making meaningful progress.

— Ralph Marston

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