A woman I know is smart, funny, creative and beautiful from the inside out. She presents a polished chicness to the world that is often the envy of others. She’s also overworked, stressed and in a dark place. She has two demanding jobs that take up a lot of her time. While the jobs have many wonderful moments, they can zap her spirit. She’s surrounded by people every day who expect her to solve their problems and make their lives and their work easier at all costs. That kind of responsiveness takes a toll. Sometimes she’s so far in the dark that she isn’t able to see the good she’s doing in the world.
I don’t think she’s alone. We all can feel the burden of the demands of our lives so intensely that our actions become a series of check marks on a task list. We get cranky. We can become resentful. We take out our frustrations on the people who love us the most. We start to wonder if we’re making a difference or if we’re just here on the planet to complete our to-dos.