I was really exhausted the other day and began to write a note to myself... which turned into a poem I want to share with as many people as possible. Actually, I want to scream it as loudly and gently as I can from every rooftop so I can break through the noise of our "hustle, do more, better, faster!" culture that is burning us out.
I've been there -- to the burnout, the darkness, the place from which I didn't think I could come back. After decades of pushing myself to do more, better, faster, I almost lost the ability to do anything.
I found my way back and even though I've learned my lesson, I still fall into the noise from time to time.
So this poem is a reminder to you and to me:
You are enough.
Maybe today you’ve done enough
And can rest
Even if you haven’t hacked your Inbox to zero
Maybe today you can just enjoy that cookie
Without counting calories
Even if it’s not paleo / vegan / keto friendly
Maybe today you can give less than 150%
And not feel bad
Even if everyone else is “grinding it out”
Maybe today you can just love yourself
Without having to be anything more
Even if the world screams at you to find your best self
Maybe today you can be grateful
For all that you have
Even if it’s not all you’ve ever wanted
Maybe today you can practice your joy
And love every moment
Even if it’s not productive
You can be enough
Because you are.
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