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Time vs. energy

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I’ve noticed myself veering toward overwhelm this week. I’ve added too many roles and responsibilities to my life. I’m getting tired and stressed.

My immediate inclination when I get to this point is to ask: What roles and responsibilities can I let go of so that I have more time? But sometimes for me the better question is: What attitudes and beliefs can I let go of so that I have more energy? What is draining me? What thought patterns and preoccupations are preventing me from doing more with the time I do have? 

On any given day, my mind is swimming with judgment, comparison, resentment, fear, jealously, wanting, etc. I’m not being appreciated enough. I’m not moving fast enough. I’m not as good as this person. And on and on. 

Maybe if I could just let go of that mental clutter, I’d have all the time and energy I need.

Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Peter is also Senior Digital Engagement Associate for the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, connecting businesses to sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham, WA, USA with his wife, son, and cat.

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