Sunday, February 27, 2011

What "ROCKS" are you pushing uphill - Sisyphus syndrome

Do you feel like you are working as hard as you possibly can but not getting the results you want? Does the road ahead always seem to have another corner looming? Are you playing the "Snakes and Ladders" of life and hitting every ladder? This is kinda how Sisyphus must have felt. Imagine a lifetime of this, an eternity? The horror? The sad part is that many of you reading this know, have met or even worse ARE living this life. WHY?

In a very simple explanation of the legend of Sisyphus, Zeus decided that Sisyphus was getting "too big for his britches" and that his trickery had become too much for Zeus to handle so he decided to teach him a lesson. As a punishment for his trickery, Sisyphus was eternally tasked with rolling a huge boulder up a steep hill, but before he could reach the top of the hill, the rock would always roll back down, forcing him to begin again. The maddening nature of the punishment was reserved for Sisyphus due to his overbearing belief that his cleverness surpassed that of Zeus. Note to self, don't upset the Zeus's of our lives!

So maybe you don't have a Zeus who can wield that kind of power over you but if you are living the life of Sisyphus you are giving that power to someone or something? It is about time that you take it back and start using it for something that is going to get you the results you need.

Isn't it amazing when you finally let go of that "Rock" that you have been pushing up hill that something mysteriously enters your life and inspires, excites or engages you? It might be a fleeting moment or a new path to take but if you look back on these moments in your life there will definitely be that engagement with something new. Simple reason - You made "Space" for it because your hands weren't full pushing a darn rock.

Knowing that this new direction won't once again turn into that blasted rock is where the challenge comes in. So how do you go about making sure your not going to start struggling again. Ah Ha.. here it comes oh faithful reader..... You have to make sure that whatever this "New Shiny Pebble" is that it touches and connects with your Purpose. I won't make this blog posting about a "Purpose" driven Lifestyle (although look for that one in the near future) but I will say that without a clear understanding of your Purpose in Life your are forever going to be pushing those rocks uphill. A clear connection to your purpose allows you to push that rock as long as you need to. This is key so I will say it again... "Push that rock as long as you need to".

Who says how long our "rocks" need to be pushed. Life is about experiences and some of them are long, some short, some intense, some subtle and others life changing. In my 'The 365 Effect" journey I have come to realize that it is just as important to honor the commitments we make to ourselves in The 365 process as it is to honor the path that it takes us on. I am in that place right now where I am questioning my current "The 365 Effect". I am wondering why I am pushing this "rock", where is it taking me and how is this making me better. Funny, as I write this I already know. This simple deviation from the task of pushing the rock has led me to an insight.

So in a nutshell, deviate from your tasks once in a while. See them from another perspective but don't give up on them. If they are truly part of your purpose and reason for being on this earth then you need to keep pushing them along. If they are not. Let the darn rock go and pick up a new pebble and let it roll around in your pocket for a while...

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