“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu
We live in an age where people are so focused on working hard that we lose sight of enjoying time with ourselves. ‘The grind’ is romanticized. Turning what was once a fun hobby into a ‘side hustle’ has become the norm. It may not seem like much in the beginning, but over a period of time, not allowing yourself to quiet your soul can detract from your mental health. In the same way that you make your work a priority, make taking time out for yourself a priority.
Let’s reflect on Lao Tzu’s quote. What’s the significance of it? What real life applications are there?
The Redwood is a great example of what Lao Tzu meant. The average Redwood grows 240 feet—that’s as long as a city block! Never once, though, is the Redwood stressed about how tall it will grow, why it isn’t as tall as the other trees of its kind yet, or whether its roots are where they’re supposed to be. Let’s apply that to our lives.
Do you often compare yourselves to others around you? Do you feel like you need to rush your life’s journey? Maybe you do experience these feelings. Now ask yourself, has any of that comparing or rushing brought you any further accomplishment? Remember the Redwood next time you’re feeling like there’s too much on your plate. Remember the Redwood next time you’re unsure of where you’re going. In the same way all is accomplished in nature, you too will get where you need to go.
Read more about cultivating a healthy soul here: Center Your Soul