To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.
The Tao Te Ching is a Chinese classic text written around 400 BC and traditionally credited to the Lao-tse. In the quest for a life that feels less busy, there is no getting around the need to say ‘no’ to some things. But which things? Lao-tse invites us to focus on what is essential, to know our deepest calling and heart’s treasure and to keep our eye on that prize. In this lies wisdom: letting that which is extraneous fall away.
This is no easy thing. The world clamors for our attention, drawing us in many directions at once, inviting us to prioritize everything. Which of course would be to prioritize nothing. Every powerful “yes” is supported by our capacity and readiness to say “no” to competing and less important claims for our attention.
There is no pill that will make decisions around what to say yes to and when to say no easier. But give yourself permission to say “no” strategically.
GME Wellness Committee