Thursday, November 15, 2012

Letting Go of the Stress of Measuring


I love this post by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Letting Go of the Stress of Measuring.  

This article reminds me of the Bible verse in 1 Timothy 6:17 which says, “Let (us) place (our) confidence in God, who lavishly provides us all things for our enjoyment.” Have you ever become so focused on measuring where you are in your life and what you do that you failed to experience the enjoyment of what you have?

This verse doesn’t say “some” things are given for our enjoyment but that EVERYTHING is given for us to enjoy. It also says God gives richly…another translation says “lavishly.” We are given in abundance but many of us don’t take time to notice the prosperity that surrounds us.  

The other morning I went to Starbucks. I wasn’t in the greatest mood. The lady who served me couldn’t speak or hear. I wrote my order down on the whiteboard she gave me. I immediately felt ashamed for not being more grateful. Here I was being able to hear and speak (and have enough money for Starbucks!). She didn’t have those gifts. This encounter immediately changed my mood and my mindset. I became more grateful and enjoyed what I had.

What if we spent more of each day in gratitude for what we have? What would life be like if we stopped being consumed with tracking what we do and measuring our self worth based on those numbers? What if we did everything to the best of our abilities and were satisfied with that?

Don't lose sight of the blessings you have because you don't think you or your life measures up to what you think you need to be happy.

Anyways, enough of what I have to say…check out what Leo has to say by clicking on this link: Untrack: Letting Go of the Stress of Measuring

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