Thursday, April 14, 2011

Stress Relief

I can’t figure out why my Google follower’s widget keeps coming and going – does anyone know how this works? Some days it shows up and some days it doesn’t, which is extremely frustrating.

Five more working days and then I have eleven days of relaxation (if you include the weekends) The boss has decided we should have the week following the Easter weekend off and who am I to disagree with him.

I have over 60, 000 words now written for my book, so eleven days might be enough for me to get close to completion which would be an added bonus. I’ve been a little slower the last month, but have still been writing. The break will also coincide with the second week of the boy’s school holidays, so even better.

News on the project is that the appropriation request (which is what is used by our company for all expenditure) has been signed by the company directors and final sign off is expected at the 2nd May Board meeting, which ironically will be the first day back at work following our relaxing break. Good timing I say.

We are quietly optimistic being that we are at the money sign off stage. A project generally doesn’t get to this stage unless they are planning to go ahead so fingers and toes crossed because there are a lot of people waiting for a decision to be made. It secures my employment for the next four years (not that this has overly concerned me – because should the project not get underway they have discussed moving me to another role) but this project will provide an amazing new set of experiences and education for me.

I got a verbal blasting from a co-worker today at work which left me feeling rather uncomfortable. I’d followed the correct process (I’d asked what the process for a certain task was when I first started) but is it the right process if some people don’t know about it or choose to ignore it?

The person’s reaction was totally uncalled for and subsequently his Manager is going to speak to him about it. The way he reacted left him looking like a fool but it didn’t change the way it made me feel and it highlights how such small and minor things can get blown out of proportion so easily and cause massive rifts in work relationships.

It made this little ‘stress reliever’ which I discovered even more relevant. Hope it puts a smile on your face too.

How to handle stress……….
                                                           … Picture yourself near a stream.
        ...  Birds are softly chirping in the crisp, cool mountain air.
        … Nothing can bother you here.
        … No one knows this secret place.
        … You are in total seclusion from that place called ‘the world’
        … The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a
            cascade of serenity.
        … The water is clear.
        … and you can just make out the face of the person whose head you
            are holding under the water!

                            There now…….feel better?

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. ~ Etty Hillesum


  1. Congrats on 60,000 words!!!! Way to go.

    And hopefully -- the project will get signed off, the co-worker will apologize and, you won't have to sit by that stream :)

    Good relaxation exercise though :)!

  2. Congrats back to you on your book - how awesome and you must feel an awesome sense of satisfaction at completing it.

    I found that stream story today - it was such perfect timing and I thought it was simply a nice relaxation exercise. I laughed out loud when I read the last line because I so didn't expect it

  3. Sounds liek we will be hearing about your finsihed book soon. How wonderful! Sounds like it all is falling inot place the way it should.
    Enjoy your time off!
    Relaxation. I love the stream. I may have to go there in my mind today.


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