There are few things in life as exciting as watching someone who is engaged in life. They are excited and full of energy. Every day is a part of their adventure. It's as though they are doing what they are designed to do.
On the other hand, few things are as sad as seeing someone who has lost the essential energy of life. They drag through their days trying to get someone worthwhile done. Often, they are trying to do good things, but every step seems to drain their limited energy.
They are approaching burnout.
What's the difference?
Helen Keller said, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." That's a good start as we look at the difference.
A daring adventure...
What is it about your life that's a daring adventure? What makes something an adventure? An adventure is something that is exciting and hazardous. No wonder it energizes us! And here is Helen Keller, a woman born with incredible difficulties to overcome, challenging us all to live life as a daring adventure. And to tell us that if we don't, it's really nothing at all.
What about the other side?
Burn out often has an invisible cause: "Should."
"Should"s are thieves of life. "Oh, I really should do this..." you might say. In the process, you start to die inside. You are doing something not because you are called to do it, but because there is something that makes you think you "should." That means that something is really missing.
The reason to do it.
If you find yourself thinking that you "should" do something, stop. Look. Listen to your soul. And then ignore it.
If you can't find a real reason, abandon it.
Avoid burnout. Kill the "shoulds".
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