It isn’t your job to finish the job.

For some reason I experience a lot of guilt so I am always trying to figure out how to alleviate at least some of it. Today I remembered a saying from the mishna in Pirkei Avot, 2:19 (a Jewish source). In Hebrew it goes:

לא עליך כל המלאכה לגמור, ולא אתה בן חורין ליבטל.

It is not up to you to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.

I cannot do everything but that is fine because it isn’t my responsibility to do everything.


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