The economy is in the midst of the biggest crap-out I’ve witnessed in my life and I believe we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg. The chaos of recent storms, earth quakes, and other natural disasters leaves me wondering if Mother Nature is sending a message. The election is four weeks away and tensions on both side of the debate are escalating. These are trying times.
Much of this chaos is reflected in my home life. And I’ve finally come to a conclusion: I need “Stress Reduction for Dummies!” Does such a book exist? If not, perhaps it should. I don’t usually consider myself in the “for dummies” category, but recent events have lead me to believe that I’m juggling so much that I’m truly at risk of serious injury. Whether that injury is a heart attack from the cycle of caffeine to wake up/wine to sleep I’ve fallen into, poor family relations (again, due to too much time working and not enough time playing), or a car accident due to me trying to feed my children snacks, check my voicemail and, oh yeah, drive at the same time, the fact remains that I’ve been doing too much.
So now I’m not any more, and I’m afraid that you, my faithful readers, will suffer the brunt of this, as will the non-profits for which I volunteer. Did you notice a distinct lack of posts? Did you notice a shift back to “fun” posts instead of the more researched, meaty posts I had been trying to produce? This is all a result of me realizing that, as much as I love writing, I love living, and my family, more.
These are drastic times–for me and for the world–and, as the recent bailout suggests, drastic times sometimes call for drastic measures. I’m off to drink a cup of caffeine-free herbal tea and read a favorite blog, Zen Habits, and his recent post about reducing stress. That might not seem drastic to you, but the choice to not work is one of those revelations “for dummies” that just didn’t occur to me until recently…