There’s something about pregnancy that’s forced me to acknowledge my own limitations. When it takes me 30 seconds to put on a sock, I can’t exactly pretend to be unstoppable.
I know that having a baby will bring limitations of its own, and I’ll have two choices:
1. Being realistic about that and planning accordingly so I can be present in the moment and prioritize my goals for A Squared
2. Continuing to try to do more than I can possibly do, making myself miserable in the process and potentially even harming my business
I mentioned a quote by Thomas Merton in my 7-day email series, so you may have seen it before, but it’s worth really thinking about.
How can we live fuller lives by accepting how limited we really are?
“One who is content with what he has, and who accepts the fact that he inevitably misses very much in life, is far better off than one who has much more but who worries about all he may be missing . . .
We can only get rid of this anxiety by being content to miss something in almost everything we do.
We cannot master everything, taste everything, understand everything, drain every experience to its last dregs. But if we have the courage to let almost everything else go, we will probably be able to retain the one thing necessary for us— whatever it may be.
If we are too eager to have everything, we will almost certainly miss even the one thing we need. Happiness consists in finding out precisely what the “one thing necessary” may be, in our lives, and in gladly relinquishing all the rest.
For then, by a divine paradox, we find that everything else is given us together with the one thing we needed.”
– Thomas Merton