It’s that time of the year when the workload can really pile up. It can be hard not to get overwhelmed and swamped- especially in City Year. We run around all day trying to accomplish the many responsibilities that come with working on City Year, and while it can be exciting and rewarding, it can also be very tiring. We should all have a place to escape- an oasis or sanctuary; a place to forget all the worries of life. Even if it’s only for a few minutes a day, just having time to take the weight off your shoulders can help refresh your mind, and keep you on the top of your game.
As part of City Year’s culture, we have tips for putting idealism to work, or “PITW”s. One of my favorites is:
PITW 174: Seek balance in life.
Living a life of commitment and service can be very hard. Quite literally, we take on the problems of the world. In order to be effective and to set a good example to others, we should seek to maintain balance in our lives. This doesn’t mean we don’t or can’t often work long hours or weekends, especially during heavy seasons in the campaign of idealism. But it does mean that you should not neglect your friends, family, relationships, health, or other personal areas of life. We should all also take time to relax, rejuvenate, and recapture our perspective and energy.
I encourage everyone to find their own sanctuary, make time to mentally disconnect, and recharge. If we take care of ourselves, and make sure we aren’t pushing ourselves over our limits, then we can give better service, and our impact will be more powerful, and more meaningful.