A problem with scarcity

A few weeks ago, I listened to Brene Brown, The Power of Vulnerability, for the second time. In this audiobook, she has a section where she talks about scarcity and the idea that many people never feel like they have enough. For some reason people today view a simple life as a failure. If you’re not changing the world or making a difference or getting a certain amount of mentions on social media then your life has no purpose. It’s the feeling of never doing, earning, or feeling enough. 

There is a great line in the book from one of her colleagues that goes something like this: the first thing we think about in the morning and the last thing we think about before bed is enough. Before we go to bed we feel like we didn’t get enough accomplished and the first thing we think about in the morning is that we didn’t get enough sleep.

I can relate to this feeling. I always feel like I didn’t accomplish enough and then I mentally punish about what I could or should have accomplished.

I’m very fortunate and I have everything a person should want in life but professionally I feel like I haven’t accomplished enough. I still want more. Maybe this is natural but I’m working to try to figure how I can be satisfied with my daily accomplishments in a world of endless todos. 

Similar to everyone else, I wish there were more hours in a day but there are not. I need to improve at prioritizing the important tasks in my life and concentrate on accomplishing them.