Don't let this peaceful face fool you. I can get stressed out as good as the next gal, maybe even better. Some of you may have even seen evidence of the same.
But I have learned one thing for sure along the way. If you are tired or not taking care of yourself properly, something, somewhere along the line will suffer.
We can be a stubborn bunch, feeling as though we are infallible. Everyone else needs sleep or a break but not us. We can skip that meal, no problem. Our family won't miss us just this once. This project is so important. They will understand.
Did you ever wonder what is going through someone's head as they drive seemingly blindly through a stop sign? Why are we always in such a hurry? What point will you need to reach to know something has to give?
The following 6 warning signs are red flags to me that I need a break...
Just wanted to say thanks for being my boss, my co-worker and my friend.
You were always someone I looked up to and admired no matter what title you held. You were always the same. You gave us little people an encouraging day just by making us feel we were important.
Believe it or not, that carried me for many years. You are a good and loving person. May God continue to bless you and your family. Thanks again for being you.
I received this note from " Rosa" after I attended and spoke at her retirement dinner in 2011. This is a special letter and I keep it with my other treasures.
I left this job as "Rosa's" boss in 1999 and 12 years later, she still remembered me with fondness and gratitude. She remembered me for treating her with kindness, with a smile, like I enjoy being treated by others.
"Rosa" and the other direct care staff and patients meant the world to me. Often, when I needed that break from the stressors of meetings, finances and politics, making rounds and walking around the hospital grounds reminded me why I was there. I always returned to my office with a renewed sense of purpose and a much clearer head.
Hoping each of you has a good friend or a strong inner voice to remind you that it is not only OK, but rather mandatory, to take a break and rest on a regular basis. Now please excuse me, as it's that time again...
"It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living."
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