You know that the antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest?

“The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness”

“You are so tire through and through because a good half of what
you do here in this organization has nothing to do with your true
powers, or the place you have reached in your life. You are only
half here, and half here will kill you after a while. You need
something to which you can give your full powers. You know what that
is; I don’t have to tell you.”

You must do something heartfelt, and you must do it soon. Let go
of all this effort, and let yourself down, however awkwardly,
into the waters of the work you want for yourself.

~ David Whyte quoting David Stein-Well in the book Crossing the Unknown Sea


What happens when you combine completing your last semester of full time university with a photography competition. Entry for Canon Photo5 2009 Brief 4: Spectacles Portraiture.

About Dr Bill Wooten

Organizational Psychologist,Guitarist, Banjo Picker, Bicyclist, Reader and Books, Books, Books
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13 Responses to Exhaustion

  1. mimijk says:

    This needs a ‘love’ button..

  2. I just love this: “The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness” ❤
    Diana xo

  3. Val Boyko says:

    I love this too!!
    Because its true.
    And I never knew …

  4. Reblogged this on talktodiana and commented:
    In lieu of choosing a post for my Friday Pick, I am reblogging this post on Exhaustion by Dr. Bill. In particular, I’ve been thinking about the line, “The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness.” It really brings clarity to what I need to focus on when I’m feeling exhausted…

  5. russtowne says:

    Reblogged this on A Grateful Man and commented:
    This post explains so much about how I felt before I began following my passions and how I felt afterward. I believe there is much wisdom in this post from Dr. Bill Wooten.

    With Love,

    With Love,

  6. Ahh, another one of these Karma things…
    A heartfelt thank you & namaste: )
    Oh, and Diana sent me; )

  7. ksbeth says:

    this is so true and i have done the same. now, my job does not even feel like work )

  8. Great points here. Yes, if I drag myself around doing things I ‘have to do,’ I’m exhausted! But when I work on my passion: writing, dancing, reading, baking, teaching writing, it’s amazing how much energy I have. Wholeheartedness, indeed.

  9. A beautiful reminder. Thankyou for sharing. 🙂 Karen

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