If this is you, think of this. Imagine you are getting ready for a big holiday. You are stressing out because YOU are in charge of it all. EVERYTHING depends on you for the dinner, the event, the guests, the EVERYTHING. No one else can do it, will do it, could do it, knows how to do it, wants to do it. You are the ONLY one!
Then imagine this scenario. Out of the blue, you HAVE to fly off to a very important event for your company in Fiji. You can’t miss it, you can’t get out of it, you can’t reschedule it. It falls right over the entire holiday week.
What do you think is happening back at home during that holiday? Is nothing getting done? Is there no meal, no presents, no events, no transportation, no planning? Did everyone just sit at home and cancel plans because you weren’t there?
No, the truth is that that holiday went on. It was different with you not there, it might have been a bit less organized. But maybe it was also less stressful. Your work, though appreciated, was not so absolutely essential to that celebration that the event ceased to exist just because you ceased to be there.
You are needed in this world, but you aren’t so needed and essential that the world ceases to exist if you are gone. Reduce your stress by realizing you are just one person and the rest of the world is functioning along side you, you are not alone.
Drawing by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily
Quote by Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970, British philosopher