Is our standard of living too reliant upon our willingness to push ourselves to the limit?
Long Term Impact
We may view our pedal-to-the-metal approach as proof of a strong work ethic and ambition, but are we deceiving ourselves as to either the sustainability or desirability of this approach? We may also be dodging some hard questions – such as:
“After meeting our daily quota, do we have anything left to share with others?”
Throughout history, faith traditions have urged restraint in the use of resources, cautioning against the utilization of all that is available.
From a risk management perspective, keeping a buffer between resources used and available resources makes perfect sense, but margin has infinitely greater value as a necessary resource for the care of others.
This value is made clear in the Vayikra, aka Leviticus 19:9-10, which instructs landowners to leave an unharvested margin around their fields. Further, the harvested areas are not to be stripped bare. This timeless practice preserves a resource to be shared with those in need.
Margin Needed Today
Restoration of margin is needed more than ever today. In our overloaded and hectic world, it is only in the margin that we can feel safe to consider the needs of others. It is in this space that we may be generous with our time, talents and treasures. For instance, it is only when we have some degree of white space and flex in our schedule that we can welcome a spontaneous and unhurried conversation with a child. It is when we have a reserve of physical strength that we can help a friend move furniture at the end of a long work day. And, it is when we have limited our expenditures that we can consider giving generously without reservation.
By reminding ourselves of the reason for margin, we are better able to commit to its maintenance. The beautiful thing is that by restoring margin, we are restored and are better able to help restore and love others.
Originally posted on http://SimpleLifeReboot.com