How far afield have you ever gotten distracted?
Have you ever gotten so far distracted that you forgot who you are? Not literally who you are, but rather who you are supposed to be in your work. Your role, your vision, your mission -- your PURPOSE for working. Presumably who you ARE is safely lit in your heart. It's in our work that we can get confused.
At least, that's true for me. I've at times taken assorted bunny trails down jobs that were not suited for my purpose. I did them, whether it was as a favor, or out of a desire to serve, or to simply earn some money -- but I could always feel, in those times, a gentle tug telling me "hey, this isn't you..."
Like a small cat patting me on the head when I shouldn't be sleeping. Like a small puppy tugging on my pants leg when I should be outside, moving around...that gentle but irritating feeling that there is better work ahead, but what I'm doing is getting in the way.
It's easy to do. Life will let us get as busy as we want to allow. This and that and before you know it, that's not all that at all.
Every time I try to be all things to all people I forget who I am.
We can't be all things to all people. We have to disappoint sometimes. We have to occasionally (frequently!) say no.
Who are you today? Why not be who you know you want to be?
-- doug smith