Quote of the Week
One of the jokes I used to make when faced with a less-than-pleasant client situation was to ask if I could run away and join the circus. This of course was back when there was still need for unskilled labor at a circus, because I have no acrobatic talent whatsoever. (I mean that. I broke a toe by tripping over nothing on a flat surface)
When I am faced with an overwhelming list of things to do, or I start to feel burnout creeping in, the first thing I want to do is run away.
Unfortunately, running away doesn’t work in these cases. I know this because I have tried it more than once. I’ve noticed the tasks and projects just follow me. And to make matters worse, running away allows me to take on more projects and tasks, leading to more stress, and worsening the symptoms.
“Anywhere you go, there you are.” The Zen saying is one to remind us that we take ourselves with us always. We can’t escape from who we are, we can only change what we are doing in the moment.
So as much as running away to join the circus may appeal, it’s not an effective way to handle overwhelm.
That’s about it for this week’s edition. We’ll see what next week brings. Until then, be productive, be peaceful, and keep your balance.