The rabbis tell the story of a student of the seer of Lublin, a wise and religious man.
The student decided that in order to be closer to God, he would fast (no food or water) from the end of one Sabbath (Saturday at sundown) to the beginning of the next (Friday at sundown).
As the next Sabbath approached, the student was very thirsty, and, as he walked to his teacher’s house to welcome the Sabbath, he passed a well. He stopped at the well, and then told himself, “If I have a drink of water now, I will have wasted the rest of the week.” He walked away without a drink.
As he continued his journey, the student felt proud of himself, and recognizing the sin of pride, rushed back to the well, saying, “better I should fail in my fast than to feel pride.” When he got back to the well, however, he was no longer thirsty, and continued on to his teacher’s house without taking a drink.
When he arrived, the seer admonished him for his patchwork approach to getting closer to God. “You should go into your fast with unity of soul.”
This translates so well into our want-to-do-everything world. Beyond #FOMO (“fear of missing out”), we have a problem wherein we want to be seen as so many different things — indeed to do so many different things.
It’s fine to do a lot, but do it with unity of vision. Do it with a sense of purpose. Do everything with an eye toward being your best you. And if something is leading you away from that path, stop doing it. Now.
Want to know if you’re on the right track here? Open your calendar. What did you do last week? The week before? What’s there for the next week? How about the week after? Ask why about everything that’s on there. Can you come up with an answer that makes sense to you? If not, maybe consider reconfiguring your calendar a little.
Start saying no to stuff that you feel like you have to do but that don’t suit your purpose. Be one with you.
Oh, and have a great day.