What a week! You know when you feel the pressure is so high something is about to blow off…
I’ve been spending hours on revamping my website (which is never a straightforward task), marking online university assignments, applying for employment opportunities and much, much more. It feels as though I have had to do two weeks worth of work in three days. By Tuesday, my head was already so full of stuff, I even managed to get the time wrong for my basketball game and showed up four minutes before the end of our game… first time in 10 years!
As I was heading out to catch up with a friend for coffee yesterday, I realised what my problem was. It turns out, my technology vs human relations balance was totally out of whack and to recover my ‘zen’, I needed human interactions – disconnect from the big wide world enclosed in my 13-inch screen and come back to my own little backyard. I’m a people-person and however convenient my laptop may be, it will never give me the sense of perspective, creativity and energy a person will. I came back from my meeting feeling refreshed and full of ideas – not just stuff.
As I was starting to feel pressured earlier in the week, I knew my level of stress could be controlled by my attitude towards it. I just somehow hadn’t found the trigger to help me switch my thinking around. It’s only when I stepped away from the environment I was in and reflected on my feelings that the answer came. It was such a modest realisation, yet it confirmed one simple truth to me… that Google does not have all the answers!