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Books that Inspire Me: #12 All You Can Do…Is Enough

This is the 12th in a series of posts in which I share thoughts on a book that has inspired me over the years. 

Over the past several days I’ve had two conversations that made me think of this book title. 

The first is with someone who is exhausted and has been overwhelmed with both anger and anxiety as a result of working in a critical care setting taking care of covid patients, none of whom were vaccinated. She is worried about her family, about her own health, about our future as a nation. She said that no matter how much she did, she felt like it was never enough.

The second was with someone who is stuck trying to get a new business project going. No matter how much he did, what he had was not perfect enough to launch. He was, he said, on a treadmill going nowhere.

In each case, the individuals were doing everything they could do and feeling that everything they could do was not enough. They were putting themselves in what psychologists call a double bind – no matter what they did they felt like they should be doing something else.

Feeling like no matter how much you work, how much you give, how much you do will never be enough is a surefire prescription for exhaustion and burnout. Sometime you just need to take a step back and say I’ve done all I could do and all I could do is enough.