“We must care for each other more, and tax each other less.” – Bill Archer
Although it’s posted on April 15, this reflection is not about paying income tax. Consider that the word “taxing” also means exacting, onerous, rigorous, challenging, demanding, and tough.
To what extent are you exacting about how things must be done? Do you often demand more and more of yourself and others? Are you a perfectionist? Do you have trouble saying “No” to any requests for your help. Do you celebrate projects completed and rest a bit before the next one? Or do you jump right in without a break?
Might you be “over-taxing” yourself and others with regard to accomplishments, affection, attention, anything?
If the answer is “Yes,” please refrain from judging yourself harshly. Avoid taxing yourself further with guilty thoughts and feelings and negative energy to carry.
We’re all learning how to maintain balance among all our needs, responsibilities, desires, and dreams.
This “tip” begins with mindfulness and calls for daily doses love and compassion. For our own well-being and for greater peace among us, let’s care more and tax less. Let’s be kind.
With love and compassion,