This week I have been reading an excerpt from a book by David Whyte. He is known as a corporate poet, working with companies such as American Express and Toyota.
Whyte’s book, Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity, is rich with imagery as it encourages the reader to discover his purpose for being born.
Whyte tells the story of a time he was exhausted and a conversation he had with a spiritual leader for guidance.
The leader, whose name was also David, made the following statement. “The antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest.”
Whyte asked him, “What is it then?”
The leader said, “The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness.” He went on to explain how one grows weary because he or she fails to be fully engaged in life.
If today finds you emotionally and physically exhausted, it might have more to do with your level of engagement than it does with the amount of rest you have been getting.
Why not attack this day with complete abandonment? Decide to live and love with all your heart and you might be surprised with how much your energy level rises.
What activity causes your energy level to rise?
repost form 1.20.11
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.