Some days, I find that I tend to overextend myself….trying to help the kids I teach, trying to thinking of innovative ways to try to help them learn difficult topics, caring so much and wanting so much for school to be easier or more manageable for them…and they are making really wonderful progress…but some days I just seem to overextend myself and get a bit worn out…and so this message, partly to myself…to try to achieve a balance of compassion and wisdom….
Maybe I should also try to remember to NOT sort through many months’ accumulation of piles of papers,pages and window hangers stacked by my desk at home, after a tiring day at work…that might be wisdom, too…I’m not much help for anyone if I’m worn out.
And so, for all of us who may overextend ourselves at times….
may we all learn to monitor and be aware of our own energy levels
and to have the self kindness and self compassion
to step back when that energy is starting to feel depleted…
Not only will that help ourselves,
that kind of mindful awareness
will support and enhance
our ability to continue to give to others…
The quote is from a column by Eric Hansen in Tricycle Magazine
Link to a very insightful talk: youtube Robert Thurman TED talk on Compassion, referencing ideas from Buddhism, but the ideas are universal.