In Others’ Words: When You Lighten the Burdens of Others
There are times I get to the end of the day and I think, “What did I accomplish today?”
Actually, I usually think, “I didn’t get anything accomplished today.”
Somewhere along the way I lost my To Do list. Or circumstances ran over my plans for the day. I want to find a red pen and mark the day with a big “F.”
It’s funny — not “ha ha” funny, but pathetic — how crossing things off my list makes me feel fulfilled. Meaningful. Been-there-accomplished-that proud.
I beat back the laundry. I submitted edits to my publisher. I exercised. I went to physical therapy.
Maybe, just maybe, I’m asking the wrong question at the end of those “what did I accomplish” days. Maybe I should ask this question instead: Did I lighten anyone else’s burden today?
No day is wasted if I’ve considered the needs of others more important than my want-to-do list. I know how I feel when someone takes time out of their busy day to lighten my burden. I feel seen. Valued.
In Your Words: When has someone taken time to lighten your burden? How do remember to focus on others’ and not just your To Do list?
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