“Life is about balance. Be kind, but don’t let people abuse you. Trust, but don’t be deceived. Be content, but never stop improving yourself.”
– Zig Ziglar
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The Golden Mean
Life is about balance.
We need to eat, but we don’t need to gorge ourselves. We need friendships, but we don’t need to become codependent. We need to work, but we don’t need to work all the time.
Aristotle called this “the golden mean” — the place of balance found between extremes.
Daily Stoic has an article sharing the balanced virtues we should all strive for, as well as their extremist counterparts.
Here’s the list…
Ambition: Between Lazy and Insatiable
Empathy: Between Cold and Codependent
Endurance: Between Fragile and Depleted
Self-confidence: Between Insecure and Arrogant
Adaptability: Between Rigid and Soft
Self-sufficiency: Between Dependent and Isolated
Discipline: Between Impetuous and Repressed
Composure: Between Frenzied and Stagnant
Calculated: Between Reckless and Timid
Euthymia: Between Nihilism and Grand Narrative
That’s a lot to strive for.
But it’s worthwhile — truth and joy are rarely found at the extremes of the spectrum.
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But not all documentaries are created equal.
And lest you spend your valuable time watching something that’s unworthy of your time, check out this awesome list of 12 “eye-opening documentaries” from Bustle.
Feeling burned out? You’re not alone — a recent report from Indeed found that 52% of employees feel burned out (and 67% said that feeling has worsened over the course of the pandemic).
The World Health Organization lists the following three symptoms relating to burnout…
- feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
- increased mental distance from one’s job or feelings negative towards one’s career
- reduced professional productivity
If that’s you, take heart.
There are some practical things you can do to rekindle your enthusiasm and motivation — here are 4 steps from Harvard Business Review.
“It’s essential to replenish your physical and emotional energy, along with your capacity to focus, by prioritizing good sleep habits, nutrition, exercise, social connection, and practices that promote equanimity and well-being, like meditating, journaling, and enjoying nature.”
Shift Your Perspective
“Now you must take a close look at your mindset and assumptions. What aspects of your situation are truly fixed, and which can you change? Altering your perspective can buffer the negative impact of even the inflexible aspects.”
Reduce Exposure to Job Stressors
“You’ll also need to target high-value activities and relationships that still trigger unhealthy stress. This involves resetting the expectations of colleagues, clients, and even family members for what and how much you’re willing to take on, as well as ground rules for working together. You may get pushback. But doubters must know that you’re making these changes to improve your long-term productivity and protect your health.”
Seek Out Connections
“The best antidote to burnout, particularly when it’s driven by cynicism and inefficacy, is seeking out rich interpersonal interactions and continual personal and professional development. Find coaches and mentors who can help you identify and activate positive relationships and learning opportunities. Volunteering to advise others is another particularly effective way of breaking out of a negative cycle.”
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This Week’s Riddle
Here’s this week’s riddle — the answer is at the bottom of the email!
What’s a three-letter word that starts with gas?
This Week’s Journaling Prompt
Take some time to think through the following journaling prompt.
What in your life are you too “extremist” about? Where does a better balance lie?
This Week’s Challenge
Give someone a massage. Maybe your spouse. Maybe a family member. Maybe a friend. There’s something healing (physically and pyschologically) about a good back rub.
Riddle Answer: Car.