Posted by: Redbeard | August 1, 2012

Refresh Yourself

It may surprise you to learn that you do not have to go on a fancy or expensive vacation in order to recharge your batteries. Regardless of how tough you are, or what you have been told by some business school professor, you do not have to forge ahead, never giving up, never letting up, never stopping to recharge. They think they are preparing you for the jugular grasping world of business. If you are in the business of hostile takeovers, then keeping up with your jugular grasping skills may be a good idea. For the rest of us, we operate on a slightly less Rambo charged pace. That doesn’t mean that we don’t put in our time in the high-pressure environment of modern business. No, what it means is that we get to work our 8 to 10 or 12 hour days and then go home and work 4 to 6 hours more. If we work it right, we can have all the routine things done during the week so that when our day or days off come, we can have some time to refresh ourselves. This doesn’t mean we have to go away for the weekend, every weekend. It means that we can find some peace working out in the garage, the garden, or even the kitchen. The plan could be that once a month you head to a spot near some kind of water. Find someplace where there’s a lake, pond, stream, or the ocean within a couple of hours of you. Plan to go there on a regular basis. Bring a book, go for swim, practice your fly fishing skills. You get the idea, do something that focuses your attention away from all the things that you do during the week. Oh yes, you’re sitting back saying “you don’t know my life” or “you make it sound so easy to get away.”  I suppose that I do, but when was the last time you tried. Okay, by one of those inflatable pools you used to get for your kid when they were three years old, fill it with water, grab a lawn chair, a book, and a glass of iced tea or scotch, and relax.

You see at the end of the day, we cannot allow ourselves, to burn ourselves out.  If you have been around computers at all for very long you have seen the message on the screen after you have updated a program that says something to the effect that you must  “reboot your computer to apply program changes.”  Why is it so difficult for us to realize that we have to do it for ourselves, the greatest computer ever conceived. So it is for our own health, mental and physical, that we make time to let our bodies and our minds…… reboot.

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