Work will never stop. It will always be busy, will consume you if you let it.
Tasks will never end, and in the corporate world, performance is key.
If you do not perform, you will get left behind.
Such is the quandary of preventing burnout in the workplace.
It is a rat race if you allow it to be.
A never-ending, euphoric kind of race where the more you work, the more you get recognized, the more it boosts your ego, the more you want your ego to be boosted, the more you work again, and again, and again.
Then you realize years have passed and you worked more, you were promoted fastee because you worked more, and you spent less time with your kid/s.
Ironic, isn’t it?
Or should it be?
One thing I am learning the hard way now is how to slow down.
My workaholic, recognition-craver self compels me to do things, to do more, to do it fast.
The faster, the better. The more, the better.
Get up that ladder fast.
Is it really worth it, I ask?
Yes and no. Yes because you get recognized, commended, promoted. Your pay increases and you get more responsibility, your stretched to your potential, slowly and steadily.
No because it may mean more time away from family.
But should it really be more time away? Or is it a social construct we are made to believe in that the longer hours you work, the more work you put in.
I want to be promoted, who doesn’t?
Everyone wants to increase the value of their time away from family the sooner, the better.
I want that increase, the prestige, the spotlight.
Do I really need it? No necessarily.
Is it in my control? How I work, yes. But my capability is a gift. My talent is a gift. Corporate breaks are a gift.
From whom? From God.
And He always gets left out.
We get consumed with this corporate masquerade that everything is because of us.
That awesome presentation. Those stunning numbers on the powerpoint. Praise, pat on thr backs. These are never ours. These are given.
The sooner we realize that everything is His will, the sooner we can take a break. Breathe. Allows things to be. Just work hard, but also work smart.
Knowing, believing, that we can also work hard and do our best, and leave Him the rest.
His plan. His timing. His goals for our lives. His plan, never ours.
So we stop getting frustrated over that missed opportunity, that promotion that never came, the company car you wanted so much to have, that corner office with a window.
If it doesn’t come, its not because we are not good enough, but its because that is not His plan for us – and there is something way better than we can conjure in our minds.
Hard stop. Let go of the little things. Focus on service, how your gifts can help people, serve them and meet their needs, not your goals, not your plans – but theirs.
So you realize that something bigger is planned. Something better. Something more extraordinary.
Some Godly – never in human terms.
And I pray, deeply, passionately, that I remember this when I feel like doing more and missing out on family.
That in end, God and our faith is most important. And it will always, always be enough.