Well, after working ten days in a row, I drove home to a Thanksgiving/Chanukah weekend celebration, delighted with myself, with life, for making it through so effectively. I did good! And I knew it.
But as I drove my car into the garage, I thought to myself, “Why does my throat hurt?”.
And I walked into the house, I thought, “Why am I sneezing?”
As I slept and slept with aches and pains that night, I thought, “Why is this happening?”
You guessed it: it’s the old Everything or Nothing theory of life.
Show up for work–be fully/beyond/fully there. Then crash into life, recovering yourself enough to be able to return.
To return to……
There is something wrong with this formula.
Well, I was able to salvage some of the holiday. And I didn’t get horridly sick. Just sick enough–to feel like mild crap.
So I’m here to declare: I choose life. I choose to find a way of working that is moderate and modified. I choose to create a schedule that makes sense, that conserves my energy, not just for teaching and coaching, but for that great foggy thing–life.
So, yet again, let me say: I choose my life, not just my work.