A few years ago, I happened to be spending some time with an experienced stockman living on a remote station in northern Queensland. I was intrigued to learn how he and his team managed to move thousands of cattle over such a vast area. He explained to me that it’s about the balance between pressure and release. “If you apply too much pressure on the animals they will naturally break away, and on the other hand, if you don't apply enough pressure on the animals, they tend not to move in the anticipated direction.” This concept really resonated with me and I believe we can all learn from this stockman's experience and knowledge.
As a society, we have trained ourselves to push beyond our limits and it’s become common practice to sacrifice rest, recovery and our relationships. Constantly pushing ourselves to work “harder” and “more” leads to overwhelm, procrastination, disappointment and fatigue. Sure, life demands this intensity at times; however, it's not a sustainable way to feel and function long term. The way we manage pressure in our lives is an indicator of how present and productive we can be.
What action can you take to release the building pressure in your day?
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As we face the week together, let’s reflect on the words of Confucius; "Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you've fed him for a lifetime."
Until next time, be kind and take care,