There seem to be so many things I could do- my brain, time and creativity seem to be stretched to accommodate everyone and everything. I love doing lots but that is not necessarily productive or good- especially for my health and sanity. So when I was feeling very tired and desperate from ‘constant doing’, I found some great advice which I would like to share.
This comes from the philosophy teacher of Tal Ben-Shahar, who has written a bestseller called ‘Happier’ and runs an eponymous course at Harvard University. This teacher, Ohad Ramin, told him when he was a young graduate, “Life is short. In choosing a path make sure you first identify those things that you can do. Out of those, select the ones that you want to do. Then, reduce your choice further by zooming on what you really want to do. Finally select those things that you really, really want to do– and do them!”
This rang a bell for me when I started the journey of following my heart. I really had to edit out many things in order to concentrate on things that mattered to me and really, really want to do. In many ways, the way we mature in our lives consist of this constant editing, following our hearts and becoming happier as a result.