Tuesday, January 25, 2011


To my horror I realized recently that I haven't posted to this site in months...not weeks, but MONTHS. This is awful, but it made me start thinking about time and how we use it. Social work and social work education are cultures of the busy--somehow having too much work and being too busy seem to be signs of virtue or value.

But what this does is take away from our time for introspection, something essential for a social work leader. We need to give ourselves permission for time to think, to be creative, to just be. I'm as guilty of this as anyone I know, and it's a goal of mine to change that.

I found a wonderful quote that helps me with this, and I share it with you:

"To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to the violence of our times."
Thomas Merton

Peace, all


Southern Social Worker said...

As I left the office at 8:30 PM tonight after a day of clients, meetings and documentation, I thought to myself: You have chosen this path and you can walk it any way you choose.

I must choose an easier, softer way, and your comment was yet another gentle reminder of how important time really is.

Thank you,
Southern Social Worker

debra said...

I love this quote, and it is so true. During the past year, I've been practicing social work as well as running a freelance writing and editing business. Though I love both my jobs, I'm not sure when I last had time to slow down and just think.

Debra Stang
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