A few years ago, at a previous job, I was expressing concern over meeting a deadline to my manager. I was clearly stressing out and my manager could sense it.
He turned to me and said, “Jessica. Are you a brain surgeon?”
Confused, I replied, “No.”
“I didn’t think so. What you do is important but it’s not brain surgery.”
It seems silly as I read these words on the screen. However, I always remember this anytime I am stressed out, overcome with guilt or stretched too thin, to help put things in perspective. What I do is important but not at the detriment of my health or family. These four words somehow always put my worries in perspective every time, without fail.