Using a potent line from the David Whyte poem, Sweet Darkness, we explore ways in which we outgrow circumstances and how this can lead to burnout. Learning to recognize when we have outgrown a role or when we have made a role "too small" for us, is a key skill in preventing burnout.
From the community
Cass Carlopio has such a talent to make accessible the knowledge of CBT. This reflection is very important and deep and we should regularly go back to it along life as life is change and constant movement. Thank you for the guidance.
I take issue with “burnout” (in this case as it pertains to a job or career, which is a bit topic) being considered solely binary; either you don’t have work-life balance or you’re in a toxic work situation. This message here speaks (I think correctly) to burnout being a lot more profound than this because burnout is in many cases a much deeper animal and if you don’t see it that will, it will recur. Thanks for yet another great message.
Staying too long
I left my last job that was too small probably two years after I should have out of a sense of duty and fear. By the end I was feeling suicidal. I haven’t worked in a year and am just now able to think about what might come next.