Learnings from Sisyphus

Greek mythology’s Sisyphus was punished for his deeds by being forced to spend eternity rolling a huge boulder up a hill only to have it roll down every time as it neared the top. While not for eternity, great leaders face opportunities and challenges (their own boulders) in their own life’s journey. The myth of Sisyphus provides insightful learning to great leaders in their own successful resolution of them and sharing it with those whom they serve. They learn…

Never, ever, to give up and always continue to push.
That, once in a while, the rock will roll over them and they will get back up and begin their push again.
To deal with resistance – not letting it get to them – recognizing that it is part of life’s journey.
The value of a positive mindset and attitude in facing uphill struggles.
The importance of rest to sustain their efforts.
The joy and excitement  of reaching the summit and realizing that, if they did it once, they can do it again.
The importance of reflection in their daily efforts and the joy and satisfaction they experience in their work.
That there is more to life than pushing the boulder up the hill, and that  they need time rest for themselves – with family, friends and quiet time alone.
That while Sisyphus was condemned to push the boulder up the hill only to have it roll back down the hill for eternity, they realize that their life is in their hands in the choices and decisions they make to achieve their life’s purpose and meaning and taking the boulders over the hill.

In his book, The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus writes: “No matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something strong –something better, pushing right back.” He wrote also: “The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.” May you always find the joy, richness and learning all that life offers. It is there. You have only to be open to seeing it through new eyes. It is your choice. Choose wisely; choose well.

Have a beautiful day, a Happy Labor Day and a magnificent week!!!

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