Sunday, May 19, 2013

Remembered. And still missed daily

Remembered. And still missed daily
Originally uploaded by wash52121

Sunday before Memorial Day . . . out to the cemetery to tend graves. This is my brother's pic.

The Party's Over

That was a lovely vacation.  Sleeping in, reading on the back porch, playing with the kittens, planting flowers in the window box, and seeing a couple of fine movies . . . lovely.  The weather was hyper-compatible too.  Blue skies, sunny days, perfect mid-May days.  Today was actually a little too warm.

Do I still feel burnt-out?  Yes, but I'm not a tired burn-out.  I am hoping a corner has been turned.

Thanks for listening!

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?
  1. Arrow :: Bow
  2. Hum :: Tune
  3. Cornerstone :: Time Capsule
  4. Flight :: Plane
  5. Music :: Notes
  6. Determine :: Find Out
  7. Analysis :: Freud
  8. Better day:: is coming!
  9. Audio :: video
  10. Meditation :: reflection

Thursday, May 16, 2013

mid-May in mid-Michigan

There's no place I'd rather be.

The long winter, coupled with the April showers, has created a perfect May.  Blooms of all colors and the heavenly scent of lilacs and apple blossoms. 


(Doesn't hurt that the weather has been perfect either *grin*)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Burnout Means look for Change

As I've been looking  at different articles about burnout, I realize that it sure is a common issue.   Most burnout is job-related (check).  I have worked at the business I work at for 35 years come August.  In that time we have had five different owners/owner teams.  There has been change at each of these changes of teams, and I have always been able to adapt (one of my strong skills).  However, the last change that occurred  on April 1, 2012 (too funny, eh?) has been the killer.  Our owner, who is approaching retirement age (he is three years older than me) brought in a new second in command.  This young man is 28, graduated in Hospitality, and was chosen by the boss because he is a good friend from church.  The kid is arrogant as all get out, knows everything, has no innate curiosity, and takes credit for all good things that happen (including the weather).  Ostensibly he is sales and marketing manager, but in truth he is the little dictator.  Argh.

Okay, that is enough fussing for now.  I am on vacation.  Most articles on burnout suggest changing jobs.  Retirement age is coming up, and while I had always assumed I would go to 65, the times, they are a changing.

From Psychology Today.

Burnout is not a simple result of long hours. The cynicism, depression, and lethargy of burnout can occur when you're not in control of how you carry out your job, when you're working toward goals that don't resonate with you, and when you lack social support. If you don't tailor your responsibilities to match your true calling, or at least take a break once in a while, you could face a mountain of mental and physical health problems

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?
  1. 537 :: a number
  2. Horizon :: setting sun
  3. Episode :: television
  4. Character :: strength
  5. Crossed :: the road
  6. Shipping :: lanes
  7. Jump :: rope
  8. Bowling :: ball
  9. Grumpy :: old men
  10. Them :: They

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Burn Out

Sorry I haven't been around for awhile.  I've been trying to cope for the last year with Burn Out. I guess I didn't do a very good job.  HOWEVER, I have a week's vacation here in the heart of Michigan, in the prettiest most hopeful month of May, and life will get better.  Will you join me on my journey?

Recovering from burnout: Acknowledge your losses
Burnout brings with it many losses, which can often go unrecognized. Unrecognized losses trap a lot of your energy. It takes a tremendous amount of emotional control to keep yourself from feeling the pain of these losses. When you recognize these losses and allow yourself to grieve them, you release that trapped energy and open yourself to healing.
  • Loss of the idealism or dream with which you entered your career
  • Loss of the role or identity that originally came with your job
  • Loss of physical and emotional energy
  • Loss of friends, fun, and sense of community
  • Loss of esteem, self-worth, and sense of control and mastery
  • Loss of joy, meaning and purpose that make work – and life – worthwhile
Source: Keeping the Fire by Ruth Luban