The Hidden Cause of Fatigue and Frazzled Thinking


Last year for Mother’s Day my son brought home an “interview” about me.  His teacher asked him a list of questions and transcribed his responses, exactly.

When my son was asked, “What does your mother do?”  He responded, “My mom can do only one thing at a time.”

We all had a good laugh reading that, especially since he must hear it from my mouth many times a day.

I believe the largest barrier to experiencing high-level well-being is our tendency to live fragmented lives. 

When our body is one place and our mind is somewhere else.  When our mind is in a thousand places at once.  When we are sitting across from someone but miles away in our presence.

We are constantly pushed and pulled in a thousand directions all day — sometimes literally, and almost always figuratively, in the inner spaces of our minds.

What if we practiced moving through our days differently: tending to one thing at a time, and giving our focus to the task or person in front of us?

What if we made a firm commitment to remind ourselves over and over again that there is no emergency happening, there is no rush, and everything will get done exactly when it is supposed to?

I recently shared an inspirational quote with a class I taught and wanted to pass it on to my larger community as well.

“You know that the antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest?”

“The antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest,” I repeated
woodenly, as if I might exhaust myself completely before I reached
the end of the sentence. “What is it, then?”

“The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness.”

-David Whyte, Crossing the Unknown Sea

I’ve shared some strategies for helping your mind to focus better.  But sometimes, it is important to dig down to the root issues before real changes can occur.

Let’s move toward whole-hearted, whole-minded, whole-person living.  This is a one-day-at-a-time proposition, because of course, we really only have this day and this moment.  So, if only for today…give it a shot and see what shifts.