hazardous to one's health.
"He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.” ~ Lao Tzu
I've been seeing a trend lately where blogging gurus keep urging people to constantly push the envelope of achievement. Entrepreneur and author Seth Godin wrote in a recent blog post about “creating a culture where there’s an urgency to improve.” I haven’t read much of his stuff, but I seem to recall him talking about how it’s not enough to just show up to work and do your job. You need to innovate, go above and beyond the expectations, take risks… because if you’re “just” doing your job, you’re not an asset to your company.
I appreciate the value in striving for improvement, but when it becomes artificially “urgent,” that’s when my stomach starts to churn and I start to wonder about where we are headed. Bigger, better, faster, stronger, richer, newer… when does anything ever become enough? And if nothing is ever good enough, when will we ever find contentment?
Contentment seems at times to be equated with laziness, but that’s not
the case. Dictionary.com tells us that contentment means “satisfaction; ease of mind.” My stomach likes that concept much better. I can do my job, do it well, and be satisfied with the results. I can even be innovative without being pressured with an “urgency” that tells me what I am doing is not enough.
I was listening to a recording that is part of a writing course for bloggers, and the speaker indicated that if we are not writing something worth disagreeing with, then we’re not writing anything worth reading at all. If the speaker was trying to prove his point, it worked, because I strongly disagree with what he said.
I don’t believe my writing has to be “urgent.” I don’t have to be controversial. I don’t have to push you to go out and move mountains. My hope is that my words might give you some levity at times, may inspire you at times, and may even help you feel some contentment with life.
If I am accomplishing that, then I am content, because to me, that is enough.