“Don’t leave your work for someone else”
What is your interpretation of this quote? Don’t be a slacker, get your work done, stop procrastinating. My initial reaction was just that. Do I do enough? Do I leave my work for others? Am I delegating too much and not working enough? Am I filling my time with time suckers like Facebook and Pinterest?
In the book Meditations, Marcus Aureluis asks, “Do external things distract you? Then make time for yourself to learn something worthwhile; stop letting yourself be pulled in all direction. But make sure you guard against the other kind of confusion. People who labor all their lives but have no purpose to direct every thought and impulse toward are wasting their time even when hard at work.”
This thought leads to another passage by Aureluis.
“Don’t ever forget these things:
The nature of the world,
How I relate to the world.
What proportion of it I make up.
That you are part of nature, and no one can prevent you from speaking and acting in harmony with it, always.”
Are we so busy that we are forgetting the true nature of work? The work of service, are we so comfortable in our path that we are forgetting to pave a path for someone else, someone that might not be able to do for themselves? Are we hoping that others are serving those in need so we can continue to “Do” what we feel is important? Are we leaving the work for someone else?
I will leave you with a final reflection, are you living your Yoga on and off the mat. Are you serving others with a selfless spirit?
With this time of year it is easy to think of others and wanting to do more for those who can’t, I ask you to reflect, are you do this all year? Are you serving others without ego and desire of recognition?
Stacie A. Zamperini M.Ed.