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"i can't do all the things i want to do" == "the most magnificent life"

 
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For all of you drowning under the barrage of endless tasks you have given yourself ...  the lists ...  the packed calendar ... the endless emails and texts ...  the constant scramble for 16 hours a day ...  

...  you don't have time to look at current events

... you don't have time to do all the things you want for the people in your life

... you don't have time to plant those seeds you bought


....

Yesterday somebody was deeply frustrated - upset about the end of a 16 hour day with "not enough" accomplished.  Upset?  THIS is the most magnificent life!  This is the pinnacle!  And tomorrow you get to do it again!


To all the wonderful people reading these words, I wish for you that every day is your most magnificent life.  Full of tiny adventures.  Full.

Live large.
 
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I get it. But I also get the converse view.

My time is precious and scarce. I'm always balancing priorities. When I give up something to be able to accomplish something else I definitely feel the sensation of frustration when things are not as productive as I might hope.

My dad and I process our firewood together. I work full time. He is retired. In term time having a half day free to "work" is rare. We schedule things in advance and I want to get a brisk start and make good progress. It usually goes smoothly, but I got really frustrated recently after a 6 hour day when I'd got maybe an hour total with the saw running.

We had run out of fuel. Dad normally handles that, but hadn't realised. He had double booked himself in the morning, and had an hour when he couldn't come out with me. But that cost more like two hours, because there wasn't enough time before hand to get outdoors and get started properly. Then just after we got going, my mother tracked us down with a list of jobs that need my dad, none of which we had planned for, and that could have been down another day when I wasn't there.  I looked at the pile of cut and split firewood at the end of the day with a sense of disappointment rather than satisfaction.

I don't use the big saw alone, and the petrol splitter needs two to operate.
 
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Much earlier in my real world career, I had a supervisor tell me to start each morning by making a list of ten things I want to accomplish.  And at the end of the day consider myself successful if I accomplish two of them.
 
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