Beware the barrenness of a busy life — Socrates

Do you struggle with this? I know I do.

I was talking with my coach about this the other day, because I’m in a phase where I’m doing lots of stuff, but not convinced that I’m getting to the important stuff.

The Socrates quote gives me some comfort that this isn’t a new phenomenon, but it also doesn’t fix my problem.

This morning I had the opportunity to see a powerful presentation by a professor of legal ethics. But he wasn’t talking about ethics in the traditional sense. Instead, he brought it back to priorities and values.

What do you want to be your priorities in life? Almost certainly, it’s not what you accomplish. It’s the relationships which probably matter most to you.

They sure do for me.

First I look at what I want my priorities to be at this point in my life. The next step is simple, but not easy: Where am I actually spending my time and energy?

This is today’s homework. Incredibly enlightening, but not easy.