A man grows most tired while standing still. - Chinese proverb
Now wait a minute, we're always talking about taking the time to relax and reflect. Why this proverb then?
Well, because a careful read-between-the-lines reveals this life lesson is not talking about action versus lethargy.
This week's proverb is talking about purpose.
How quickly does a man begin to feel "useless" after retirement? When we lose sight of our purpose; when we shift into the wrong direction, we begin to feel a weight settling in. That weight can make it seem like the world as we know it is over; so what's the point? Complacency, apathy and dis-ease usually creep in soon after.
On the flip side, as we discover a new hobby, a new friend, a new career path or a renewed purpose, we are charged with strength and vigor. We think more critically, eat more healthy and are more likely to try new things. Our cup feels full and our energy seems endless.
Have you found your purpose? Do you feel satisfied with how your career is contributing to your life? Are your daily actions enhancing your local community? This week, let's examine these questions and ask the most important question of all: what are you going to do about it?