DO: stop taking the easy road
This week’s DO stems from some of my own frustrations with myself and a desire to improve upon them. I often talk about the voracious speed of life here in the Saturday DO’s; it’s a necessity for my soul, and yet my biggest enemy at the same time. I love that pace, the wind rushing as I speedily take on more, and yet sometimes, I’m going so fast that I lose sight of the foliage on the trees, and everything blurs into one giant mass.
The wheels get set in motion and to keep the momentum going, I find myself taking shortcuts. But sometimes taking the shortcut is like taking the ugly highway instead of a scenic country road. I skim things over instead of actually reading and paying attention; I miss their beauty. I accept something that I don’t know for the sake of time; and making a mistake due to lack of knowledge that I wish I had. By going too fast, and going about things the easy way, I lose something beautiful, and I think I lose a chance to make myself better.
I’ve come to realize that improvement and knowledge come not from how much you get done, but also the time and the effort that you put in. So I’ve decided to make a new priority for myself, and if you care to, I’d like you to join me…
It’s time to be more mindful, to pay more attention, and to not take the easy road. Vincent Van Gogh said, “Expend your energies on precise concentration and focus.” Take his advice and slow down to really put your mind to something. Pour your energy into it. It won’t always be easy and some things may take more time, but you’ll get more out of it. It is time well spent for improvement, for a job well done, and for a meaningful life.
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