Abundant living is accepting and balancing the gift of friendships.
“No Man Is An Island”
Renowned English poet John Donne (1572-1631) stated it so eloquently in his famous meditation, “No man is an island, no man stands alone.” The essential idea is that people are not isolated from one another, but entirely interconnected. Rare is the achievement that man has accomplished all alone. People need people to get things accomplished. It always takes a village.
When you are living abundantly, you intertwine family, friends, peers, teachers and mentors with your daily activities. You have many gifts to offer others, and likewise, they have gifts to offer you. “No man is an island, no man stands alone.” And, neither do you!
Barbara Streisand sang, “People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world.”
Do you use social busyness as an excuse?
If it is true that people need people, then why is there so much stress over maintaining relationships? Why the excuse that you are too busy to call or visit loved ones? Why the feeling of being overburdened with commitments? Why is your social calendar filled with one activity right after the other trying to please everyone, yet continually stressing yourself? Are you constantly on the go and then complain about being too tired to finish projects or handle the paperwork?
Could it be that you are overdosing on activities, projects and commitments? As valuable and important as these are, too much is stressful. An overflowing schedule may appear on the surface to be abundant living, but most often, it is a means of running away from the home-front issues. Be honest with yourself and answer these two questions: How important are your relationships? Are they important enough to schedule time to nurture them?
During the beautiful spring month of May take time to review the balance in your life. Do you maintain a healthy perspective on work, personal projects, and valued relationship? Do you even know what are the important things in life? Do you take the time to smell the flowers or observe the new green leaves that are slowly forming?
It is springtime — a time of rebirth. Time to rebirth relationships!
What’s next for you? Do you want to work on Time Management skills? Contact me and together we will find solutions to nurture valuable relationships.