…se the efficient worker and the person who, in apparent humility, talks about being so overwhelmed. The fast, chaotic schedule is noble in our society, but it might also be absurd. In life and in business, when we try to do multiple things, we never actually do any of them.
Our lives can be compared to juggling. We believe that by learning to juggle a seemingly infinite number of objects, we become unlimited in our capacity. But the reality is that you can only focus on a limited number of things at once. We praise a culture of jugglers, but we fail to acknowledge that while objects may be flying around in the air, we are only really “holding” what the limited body is capable of holding.
I care about my colleagues and friends, but I won’t allow their stress to become my stress. I will help when I can. I like helping people. But I will not pretend everything is a crisis. I will not walk into their self-imposed tension. I will not enter their whirlpool of reactivity. I will not mirror their negative emotions.