My biggest source of restlessness is realizing that a day only has 24 hours, and I can't do all the things I wanted to do. It's easy to eliminate self-gratifying activities, but how do you Decide who to say "no" to?
I know I'll have to at least partially disappoint some of the following people today:
- my client, who is eagerly expecting me to finish the task he gave me on my current project
- a previous client, who requested a quick revision on an old project, which is also rather urgent
- my spouse, who understandably wants us to spend some time together and do some cleaning around the house
- a friend who would like some help with her computer
- another friend who wants to meet up for an event later in the evening
- my parents who just want to chat
I have seen several Dharma Talks on decisions, how you can only do your best, and anxiously obsessing over what the best decision is doesn't help at all, which is all very true, and has helped me a lot. Yet, even if it's still making a decision, when it comes to disappointing other people, it feels different. I can't shake the feeling that I'm hurting them by saying "no".
Are there any dharma talks or books on Priorities, or how to plan your day, from a Buddhist perspective? Advice and personal anecdotes are also welcomed.
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