After reflecting on this article, I thought about how this relates to our personal lives. Many of us do not pace ourselves. When things are going well and we feel good, we try to get as much as we can done. We say “yes” to all the jobs that people throw at us: “Yes” to that extra project at work; “Yes” to babysitting for our sister; “Yes” to that little side job that will pay extra money (only to realize later that the “little” job turned into something monstrous!); “Yes” to helping our friends out; “Yes” to the… you get the picture. Suddenly, we realize we are exhausted. Our immune system tanks and we are sick in bed for the next two weeks. All the things that we were hoping to accomplish suddenly get put on hold and nothing gets done. However, if we pace ourselves, learn to occasionally say “No,” and accomplish things at a steady pace, we can accomplish a lot more, without burning ourselves out.
This sounds a little familiar to me. I’m having recollections of childhood story time… “The Tortoise and the Haire.”