March 8, 2007
Liz published this at 7:51 am
The Power of Offering
In publishing the schedules were killer, at certain times of year Ã¢â‚¬â€ at some places all year Ã¢â‚¬â€ folks would work 16 hour days and through the weekend. I would find myself telling new editors to go home without work. The conversation would often be the same.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Go on home. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re tired. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll come back tomorrrow and in the first hour youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll accomplish three times what you would do in the next hour now.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“But I want to get this one thing done.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Okay, we have to do what we need to. But will you do one thing for me?Ã¢â‚¬Â
The answer was always an anticipatory look, tinged with a fear of possible more work.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Remember that you can only do whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s humanly possible. . . . and to think you can do more makes you a kind of snob [big grin here], because the rest of us humans canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The reply would shoulders relaxing and a move to start packing up.
When I start to get Ã¢â‚¬Ëœwhelmed and rushed, I know itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time to slow my step. I
So often I try to do more, be more, help more than the next guy. I might try to out achieve the overachiever, but I cannot do more than is humanly possible. For me to think that is sort of arrogant. What human can do more than a human can?
I can only do whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s humanly posisible.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s such a nice thought. I immediately relax when I think that humans need to eat, sleep, relax, reflect, reach for balance to be effective.
I can only do whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s humanly posisible. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like a mantra for overachievers.
I accept it, and people start smiling. Being human is attractive. It makes other humans feel good to have me around
We can change the world — just like that.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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