Have courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones. And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. – Victor Hugo
One of the attributes of those who care enough to act is a deep-seated sense of responsibility. I will be the first to say that a sense of responsibility is a good thing.
However, a strong sense of responsibility is often accompanied by the great temptation to bear the entire load of responsibility alone. And there is nothing good or noble about that. It can actually be debilitating.
The old African proverb gets to the heart of the matter. “If you want to go fast, walk alone. If you want to go far, walk together.”
Working together is the path to accomplishing great deeds in any field. Sharing the work lightens our load, and just as importantly, it allows others to contribute. And that’s a good thing.
But, at the end of the day, as Hugo writes, we can go to sleep in peace. The Creator of the entire universe, the God who sustains each of us and the world we call home, is awake.
We do not have to carry the burdens of the work alone. We don’t have to shoulder all the responsibility.
God is awake.