Much like how life on Earth is only possible because the earth is in the [circumstellar] habitable zone of the solar system, your life can only exist if it is within a thin range of possibilities.
I have recently learned that when applying for a job, it is possible to be overqualified and rejected in the same way that someone is underqualified and rejected. Much like how if the earth was closer to the sun, we wouldn’t survive, and if the earth was further from the sun, we wouldn’t survive, having below the required skills for a job means you aren’t hired, but having skills that far exceed the job also means you aren’t hired. (Why Employers Don’t Want to Hire Overqualified Candidates – USNews.com)
We’ve commonly heard the phrase ‘find balance in your life’ and that is usually talked about within a context of conflict. Balancing time spent being productive and time spent recovering from the energy spent being productive. However, this post is about highlighting the importance of balancing one’s abilities within the context of their environment. Much like picking up a cup to take a sip should not take an hour, that’s too slow, nor should it take a split second, that’s too fast, you should accomplish tasks at a ‘reasonable pace’ to the environment. However, if you are trying to clear a table of cups, split second cup pick upping might be appropriate, with normal speed being too slow. At the same time, if the cup is dangerously close to a string that if touched will destroy everything you love, then perhaps taking an hour to be careful in removing the cup is apt.
Find balance within context. Life demands it. And life is mean to those who don’t obey. So if things are going wrong, keep changing the variables to find the right tune.