“It's not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about.” – Henry David Thoreau
While traveling in Costa Rica, I was struck by the focused industriousness of leafcutter ants. In single-file lines, each ant dutifully carries its leaf on a forced march to the colony. They've become so capable from their labor that a single ant can carry more than 5,000 times its body weight in fresh vegetation.
And because their work is so important to the bigger ecosystem, each ant dutifully spend its days taking one for the team. No time for self-actualization. No creative expression.
If we're not careful, our lives can start to look like that of a leafcutter ant. As our to-do lists fill with the needs of everyone around us, we pinball through our days, dutifully and capably supporting our own ecosystems but never moving closer to our most important goals. Before you know it, achieving lifelong fulfillment gets pushed down the list because we have to get the dry cleaning and make the matzo balls.
It's a forced march to frustration.
If we don't make time for the things that matter to us they aren't going to get done. Period.
You rock. Let it be known.
Founder, Marketers for Humanity