Vacation is on the horizon!
Emails will pile up, phone calls will continue, conference calls will be scheduled even though others know I’m away.
“Take the time before you lose the days.”
I now have more vacation time “in the bank” than I have time to use.
Emails continue to come in, fast and furious, hundreds every day.
Calls, meetings, schedules.
Lately I feel like I’m scaling the Grand Canyon on a daily basis…. blindfolded. I can feel the tension in my shoulders, which now approach my ears. I can feel stress in my heart rate when I lie down at night and can’t quieten my thoughts.
1,000+ miles in the past 10 days, 150 yesterday and another 400 tomorrow – and all the while project calls get scheduled and scheduled and scheduled. “Could you take the lead on this?” “But you and your team know so much about X” “We want you on this task force…” Flattering but ..my cup runneth over.
I hear my mother’s voice whispering in my year, “You can’t be everything to everyone, dear.”
My weariness reminds me to shut it down, shut it up and shut them out.
So – vacation is on the horizon … and there shall be pie!
“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” ― David Mamet,
*Note: no pies were consumed in the writing of this post. Pies shall be made for 1) Grandpa (apple), 2) oldest boy (blueberry) and 3) youngest boy (pumpkin). Will I have any? Not likely. See, the joy is in the creating ~ the cutting, the simmering, the kneading of the dough, Al Green on the stereo and happiness in my kitchen.
*Are you taking some time off over the Thanksgiving Holiday? What are you looking forward to most? Is there a pie in your future? 😀