Consider the wisdom of Morgan Harper Nichols | @morganharpernichols
“For the one asking: ‘Am I doing enough?’
There’s an interesting fact about ocean currents that might help you answer this question…
For starters, an ocean current is the movement of water from one place to the other.
There is so much to learn about ocean currents, but for now, we’re going to focus on this one part:
Ocean currents fall into two main categories: surface currents and deep open currents. The surface level motion controls the top 10% of the ocean’s water, while the deep ocean current mobilizes the other 90%.
‘Though they have different causes, surface and deep ocean currents influence each other in an intricate dance that keeps the entire ocean moving…that moving water pulls on the layers underneath, and those pull on the ones beneath them.’ (‘How do ocean currents work?’ – Jennifer Verduin, TED-Ed, YouTube)
What if we could see our lives in this way?
What if, our surface-level activity matters, too?
“Surface-level” often has a negative connotation, but what if simply drinking a glass of water or looking out the window matters in the bigger picture, even if we struggle to see how?
We put so much pressure on ourselves to do more, be more, and go deeper, but what if our time on the surface matters, too?
What if, just by breathing and being alive, we are intricately connected with what we cannot see?
What if, even here, we are dancing with the deep?
Whenever we’re not seeing the results we want, it’s hard to feel like the little things we do each day matter. We want to do more. We want to go deeper. But what if, just by being here, by making it through this past year, you have accomplished so much?
Now, if you happened to dive into the depths and thrive over the past year, great! But if all you’ve done is survive, this is great, too! Because this is also true: this past year has been really tough. Being alive is more than enough.
If you feel like all you’ve been giving is 10%, that still impacts the other 90%. Beyond what is seen, every little thing is a part of the deep. So yes: You’re doing enough. By breathing each day, you are accomplishing so much.”