We’ve seen a lot of advancements in technology over the decades. Likewise, we can debate all day as to whether these breakthroughs have actually helped us or not.
Take auto-correct for example.
What was meant to be a time-saver has actually created more havoc than help for most of us.
Getting It Wrong
Then there are the times when my iPhone tries to anticipate what I’m texting. Often times it will get it right, but when I go to hit the word I want before I finish typing it, I accidentally hit the letter below it and create an entirely new, worse word in the process.
I’ve been amazed at how consistently I don’t aim high enough with my finger or thumb to complete the process. You would think by now I would recognize this pattern and compensate for it. But no. My desire for simplicity and speed overtakes my reason and rationale.
This phenomenon translates into my work life as well. As someone who often thinks she can do it all, I typically find myself dividing my time over a multitude of tasks rather than focusing in on my strengths.
It wasn’t until I admitted to my counselor recently that I thought I may be suffering from depression again that I realized I’ve been getting it all wrong.
The Weight of Reality
He challenged me, saying he didn’t think my profound sadness was depression, but rather the weight of reality settling in on my life. As I recounted all the things I was doing, he quickly but graciously called me out on it, citing my need for security and provision as a driving force.
He asked me instead to evaluate the time I was spending on these peripheral tasks. If I then took that time each week and devoted it to improving upon my main job and calling, couldn’t I then eliminate the need for those things entirely? And in the process, also eliminate the fear and stress?
I know it’s not a cure-all, but it was the wake-up call I needed to hear.
Just as I told myself to aim higher when texting, I need to remind myself to aim higher in my personal and professional pursuits as well.
Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking, once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
Imagine the Possibilities
Instead of settling for what is in front of us or fearing we’ll never reach far above us, let’s imagine the possibilities of what could happen when our dreams and our work align in the most efficient and excellent ways possible.
I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.Ps 121:1-2 (MEV)