A Bigger Burden

“If she knows you will do it, she will expect you to keep doing it.” –the words of a co-worker concerning a senior leader in our chain of command.

Another new task added to my list of duties. Sometimes, it seems like I can’t do my primary work, because the amount of “side work” I have accumulated. My teammates are afraid to volunteer for anything. They don’t want to get stuck with a bunch of extra duties.

It might spread me a little thin, but I think I can handle it. If anything, it will force me to become more efficient. I’m still the new guy on the team, so give me all the things you [the team] don’t want to do. I’ll do it, and I’ll enjoy it.

The purpose of life is finding the largest burden you can bear and bearing it. –Jordan B. Peterson

There are some people out there who amaze me at what they do on a regular basis. They work 9 to 5’s, read several hours a day, and run 60-plus miles a week, all while working on their next book, volunteering, and hosting a podcast. I look at them and wonder how in the world are they able to accomplish so much. I even wonder if it is possible for me to get to that point in my own life.

Right now? No. But I shouldn’t despair, because I can do much more than what I am doing now. I can reduce wasted time. I can carry a larger burden. I can continue building and become more efficient in my current daily tasks. The more I carry, the stronger I get. This isn’t only in terms of physical strength. It is also in regards to what I am carrying mentally.

We all have the ability to do a little more. As Theodore Roosevelt said, “We must all either wear out or rust out, every one of us. My choice is to wear out.” What will you choose?

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