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The Power of Exhaustion

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Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest.

— Laurence Sterne

It’s been six months since I started my “new” job.  One of the interesting things is how differently I view this job.  When I was “going somewhere” (and there’s some debate as to where that was), I didn’t mind getting up in the dark and driving home in the dark.  I was “going somewhere” and that meant paying the price.

Now, I am doing a job I enjoy – most of the time – and because of the one hour commute in each direction, it seems a bit of a Continue reading » The Power of Exhaustion

Smile
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Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.

— Helen Keller

Ellie and I have written it before, and I’ll write it again… ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!  Admittedly, this isn’t new news.  Ellie and I have been beating this drum since we started this blog, but today, I met the living proof of this truism.

I noticed this lady because of how happy she seems to be, she smiles all the time, AND because she called me by name when we’d never been introduced.  (It turned out that in addition to her other responsibilities, she also makes the security badges and knew my name from the badge.)

To be honest, I don’t smile all the time.  For various reasons, I’ve been irritable lately.  As I walk into work, I have to remind myself to Continue reading » Exhaustion – Physical, Mental or Spiritual – is Harmful to Your Attitude

Need a Break from All the Ho Ho Ho?

Ho Ho Ho stripes
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Holidays got you down?  How do you respond to frustration & exhaustion?

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion.  I myself prefer to laugh since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.

— Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

’Tis the season for last minute EVERYTHING! There’s too much to do and a finite end-date for having those EVERYTHINGs done.  I remember the year I got to January 1st and realized I hadn’t prepared and sent the Christmas cards.  Oh well.  I haven’t sent out Christmas cards since.  One less chore to do.  Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy OP’s – Other People’s holiday greetings – so keep those cards and letters coming folks! And I’ll do my best to stay in touch both here at BouncebackCafe.com and however else our paths might cross.

And, while I’m not encouraging you to cease and desist on those traditions that you treasure, I do think we could all do with a time-out.

  • Time to reassess what’s left on the list to decide what’s “nice-to-have” but not requisite for a good holiday celebration.
  • Time to think deeply even if only momentarily about your core values and then act accordingly.
  • Time to take a break and relax a little!

Continue reading » Need a Break from All the Ho Ho Ho?

Coming Back from Exhaustion

It was, apparently, an exhausting weekend!
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As I started to write this morning I was looking around for a topic. It’s not that I don’t have ideas about general topics I could write about but nothing inspired me. Then it hit me, right between the eyes, sometimes life just tires you out. It’s not that anything in particular has happened, at least not in the last 48 hours, but I’m worn out.

Continue reading » Coming Back from Exhaustion