Ensign’s Log, Entry 22: Time for some Introspection — 8 Comments

  1. I love the advice from that letter, “go experience a lot of life in as short a time as possible”!

    And from one person who bites off more than I can chew and mentally beats myself up over everything I haven’t gotten done – resting, recharging, and experience life through vacationing is really productive

    • I was so surprised when I stumbled across that letter today. I’d completely forgotten meeting the guy, much less loaning him my books to read. That phrase, though, really stuck out to me. Going to do my best to keep experiencing life anew every day. 🙂 And I totally agree, R&R is important. That’s pretty much what my Ireland trip ended up being–and I’m very glad it was!

  2. I do that thing where I’m so keen to accomplish more that I forget how far I’ve come. And yeah, sometimes it’s good to take a step back and recharge. I’m bad at that, too. But it sounds like the right reminders came along at the right time for you 🙂

    • Exactly! Now I just need to start reminding myself of this, rather than needing others to point it out to me… Not that that’s easy, but going to do my best! 🙂

  3. I completely understand why you mean! I’ve stopped writing (in a major way) twice, and I think both times it was to do with the load of all my expectations. Sometimes your goals can seem like a huge mountain rather than a ladder to help you up! Since then my mantra has become ‘little steps’ – I literally say this in my head every day. I also jot down in my diary 3-5 of those little steps I want to achieve every day. It might be something as simple as sending someone an email. But most days I achieve all of the little steps and then I’m a little further up the mountain 🙂

    • I think that’s exactly what I need to do, at least until I stop pressuring myself to get too much done. 🙂 One step at a time gets you up the mountain a lot faster than if you try to run, trip, and fall back down…

  4. I loved this blog post! I am also too hard on myself sometimes and often look more at the ‘to do’ list rather than the ‘have done’ list. I guess the human propensity is to constantly strive rather than to stop, reflect, relax and recuperate. I am learning not to feel guilty in those moments when I just want to sit, take in my surroundings and recharge. The writer is their own main tool. If we don’t keep it in good shape and sharpen it every now an again, it will not be useful. The ‘to do’ list can be put on pause for a while and I will keep learning that each tick on it, even if it it a slow process, is enough.

    • I agree; I think it’s a part of human nature coming from way, way back when our ancestors had to keep moving, every day, all the time, to survive. I’m slowly starting to move back towards doing things now, but I’m not pushing myself too much, and I’m focusing on what I get done each day, rather than what I have left. It might be slower progress, but I think ultimately I’ll be better for it.