For many years, life was about the relentless, focused effort on my career to the exclusion of everything else.
This was a highly useful strategy for growing my business and making an impact on the world.
But when it came to cultivating intimacy and community, not so much. That’s the danger with working all the time. Or doing any one thing all the time. We have all this energy and availability for our clients, coworkers or whatever other professional mouths we need to feed, while the rest of the people in our lives are left with crumbs. Emotional leftovers. The remains of the day that trickle down our collar.
It’s especially insidious if we travel for work. Because for those few times that we are home, we feel like a visitor in our own town. It’s like we’re stationed there until the next gig comes along.
And because of that, we miss out on the leisure to carefully nurture our casual acquaintances into enduring relationships and eventually reliable communities.
Which, ironically, is the thing that could actually sustain our business over the long haul.
The point is, what we regret most in our life are not failures of commerce, but failures of connection. Camus once wrote that the entire population scrapes the soil in search of roots, and it’s never been truer.
We must not let our antisocial tendencies to sprout by watering them with fresh evil actions.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What good is being talented, successful and intelligent if we cannot not form healthy bonds with others?
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