I don’t know about you, but occasionally I get into a “Depression Funk.” It goes something like this:

  • I’m tired. I’ve already taken a nap, but I don’t feel like tackling another thing on my To Do
  • I’m tired of trying to save the world.
  • Global Warming is way bigger and more complicated than what I can solve. Let somebody else do it.
  • If not me, who else is going to take care of this problem?
  • I’m tired.

Perhaps some of my funk is natural for a person in their mid-70s. But, I’m in good health. I no longer have a regular paid job, but I do have enough income that I don’t have to worry about being hungry, unclothed, or homeless. What I do have is the gift of TIME. How should I be using it? After all, people like Pope Francis or the President of the USA are older than me and haven’t given up on being a useful member of the human race. So…am I doing enough?

I recently relistened to a 6½ minute video 7 Daily Habits to Change Your life Forever. The author, Joshua Becker, proposes 7 daily acts to focus one’s life.

  1. Make a list of the 3 most important tasks I need to do this day.
  2. Exercise
  3. Turn off the TV
  4. Practice Gratitude
  5. Write something down
  6. Reset your kitchen
  7. Eat together

This list moved me past Am I Doing Enough? because I realized, “Hey, I’m already doing most of these. I don’t need to beat myself up, but neither am I free to just slink into old age and vegetate. The only thing I would add is:

  1. Take it to prayer

Maybe, since my daily life has a pretty functional rhythm for my current circumstances, I should let go of the guilt and focus on balancing my 3 priorities of:

  1. Personal life (Keep in touch with family + reduce Single Use Plastics at home)
  2. Service to my local community (Make sure my life regularly includes some hands on, physical service to those in need.)
  3. Influencing those beyond my home (Seek at least one way to impact systemic change beyond my home.)

Wrap all of these in a humble, faith-filled spirituality, i.e. Pray and discern!

Easy to write. Hard to do on a regular basis.
What helps you balance your personal well-being with the needs of those hurting among us and the future of the universe?