“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
― Gabriel García Márquez
Never settle for the second-best. For not doing your best. For the box being ticked and nothing more.
Never settle for poor quality. Never settle for a few extra minutes in front of the TV and a job half done. Never settle for the convention at the cost of your health, happiness and healing.
Never settle on your principles, on your ethics, on your beliefs.
Never settle on your path, your purpose and your passion.
Never settle for the material at the cost of the higher things.
Never settle for what someone else thinks you should want.
Never settle for safety and security at all costs. Never settle for how you treat other people, and how you make them feel. Never settle for how other people treat you, and how you live in and with them.
Never settle for the easy path or the short cut or the quick buck.
Never settle for just being — push yourself to be more.
Never settle for a “life hack” in place of a life lived.
Never settle for someone who doesn’t treat you the way you deserve.
Never settle for someone who wants you to lower your standards.
All my love,
Remove one thing from your calendar for today. You may not realise it, but you need time to yourself, time to recover, time to refuel. No matter how extraverted you are. Cancel one thing and take that time for you. Take a long, steaming hot shower. Let it all go. You’re allowed.
When you finish your work for the day, don’t leave your computer ready as a temptation. Turn it off. Put it away. Put it in another room if you have to. If your computer is your only screen - have a night off screens. We have the opportunity and the ability to constantly be working. It’s not okay. If we don’t get a handle on it, we won’t be okay.
I believe in rituals. The small things that we do, with care and joy and appreciation, that add significance to the quiet moments of our lives. The rituals of making tea and toast for my partner every morning. The rituals I observe getting dressed at the start of each day. What rituals do you observe in your life?
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📚 Read: The problem with work-life balance
“Perhaps most importantly, achieving a balance means an equilibrium which is a fairy-tale in today’s world. Too many external factors in your life can impact the way work and life are going for you. One day, one of your kids may get sick; another day, you may need to replace a colleague on the spot; yet another day, you may feel a burst of productivity and get so much done you can take a really nice break. It feels different to work in the summer than in the winter; it feels harder to work when you lack sleep; it feels easier when your colleagues are being helpful. These are ever changing factors you can’t control, hence why you cannot expect to sustain an hypothetic work-life balance..”
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