It is your responsibility to make yourself happy. If you are not happy with yourself, check your thoughts. Ask yourself, “What am I thinking about? Why am I thinking about this thing? Is it the right thing to be thinking about right now? Are my thoughts helping me? Are they hurting me?”
Life is too short for negative thoughts.
If you think negative thoughts, you will get negative results. If you focus on negative things, you will never attract positive things into your life. When things are not going well in your life, according to Anne Frank, “At such moments I don’t think about all the misery, but about the beauty that still remains. … Go outside, to the country, enjoy the sun and all nature has to offer. Go outside and try to recapture the happiness within yourself; think of all the beauty in yourself and in everything around you and be happy.”
A. W. Tozer said, “God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which he must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.”
Look, you can run all you like. You are not a machine. You are a human being. As a human being, you will do better if you have the courage to stop, relax, and think.
Productivity is not about running; it is about resting. You will perform better if you have the courage to rest. No matter what you are doing, take some time to relax, to reconnect with yourself.
If it is possible, strive for a balanced life. In his book The Art of Being: 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life, Dennis Merritt Jones writes, “Some people devote so much time to their work and making lots of money that they forget what it means to play, relax, and spend time with loved ones. Others play so much that they don’t know what it is to work.”
It does not matter what you do, do not choose your work over your life. Forget about the salary. If you die, the company will replace you with another person.
You are the best because you are alive. You are still useful. Yes, you love your work. Yes, you MUST love your life more than your work, no matter how powerful. Seek a balanced life. Dennis Merritt Jones was right when he said, “Living a balanced life will produce a life of wholeness and deep inner peace.” If you think living a balanced life is not enough for you, then ask yourself, “How free am I in my everyday life, really?”
Jones, D. M., The Art of Being: 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life (New York: Penguin Group, 2008): 66-67, 88.