My workload continues to increase such that in the morning I feel myself tensing up as I drive to work. I can’t go into details. I’m hoping to get a handle on it somehow. On days when I’m close enough and my schedule allows I’ve been going to the gym mid-day and working later. The break helps hugely.

What this means, however, is that I don’t have much brain left for writing poems every day. Crafting a poem uses much of the same part of my mind that is consumed at work. I think that’s why I was successful with Art Everyday Month last year; it uses an intuitive aspect. I feel peace about letting go of NaPoWriMo. I’ll continue to write this month, but without the pressure.

What is it with cats and paper? Sophie is curled up on a random sheet of paper I was using to draft a poem and let fall to the floor in the living room. It’s been there for a couple of days, but tonight she decided to claim it. I find it endearing to see her paw tucked near her head as she has covered as much of the paper with her body as she could.

Sweet dreams.

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5 Comments on “Stress”

  1. endment Says:

    Stress – ah – I have heard of that…
    here is a stress test that is helpful when I really need a change of perspective 🙂

  2. William Sackinger Says:

    Stress is inherent in the workplace. When you accept the tasks of the organization and the authority of your supervisor over you, then you are implicitly accepting some stress level which these sources generate and transmit to you.

    After being a self-energized person for a long time, a creative person, following your own muse, it is an interesting and important life experience for you to experience externally-imposed stress. On the other hand, to deal with it brings up the question of strategy, tactics, capabilities, and the self-awareness to know when you cannot accomplish one or more of the externally-imposed “requests”, and how to deal with such situations.

    By the way, retirement is better.


  3. Marilyn Says:

    Hope you’re finding ways to nurture yourself through this stressful time. Maybe you could spend an entire weekend day being just like your cat. 🙂 Hope the workload eases up for you.

    P.S. And about the dreaming quote…couldn’t agree more! 🙂

  4. Laura Says:

    I am sorry that you are feeling the stress but glad to hear that you are taking care of yourself during it!

  5. Shirl Says:

    the positive thing about things like NAPO and NANO is that it gets us started. You’ve done a fine job with it, poems have been birthed that might not have been otherwise. I’m happy for you and happy that you’re at peace.

    On the stress: well, I’m waiting for retirement. *grin*