A hungry person who eats a large meal is no longer hungry. A hungry fire that is fed well only grows hungrier. Adding a few logs to a campfire makes it blaze higher and brighter. But it also burns through the wood at a faster rate.
Our “busyness” – the rate at which we keep ourselves occupied – the number of daily meetings and how we rush towards the next deadline also ratchets up in a similar manner. Not to mention, the number of cups of coffee we drink everyday. It is quite fitting that when our commitments spiral out of control, we end up feeling “burnt-out”.
To keep a fire going for longer we need to moderate the rate at which we feed it. A blazing inferno burns higher and brighter. A steady fire burns longer.