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July 2021

Perpetual Burnout?

Good morning and happy Thursday!

Blog flowersWe've been on vacation for the past week; it's always helpful to get off the block and out of the city for a few days. We took Amtrak to Pennsylvania to see some sights, visit familiar places, and see family. Most people were wearing masks on the train although some were not. I was kind of confused how the conductors didn't enforce the Federal law requiring wearing masks on the trains / in the stations, but I should not be surprised, I suppose. Once we arrived at our destination, most people weren't wearing masks but, also, no one admonished us for continuing to wear them indoors. So there's that, at least. 

Meanwhile, I can report that about mid-June, I achieved a high level of burn out and mental exhaustion. Fun. I thought that a few days in a cabin in the Catskills and a few days in our favorite part of Pennsylvania would be more restorative than they were. I mean, they were relaxing and a lot of fun, but I'm only feeling marginally better. It's a little scary to feel like this burn out is permanent. I'm not sure how to handle that. 

I had much more to say about this but it all sounded bitchy and sad so I deleted it. Probably not helping me to put all of that 'out there' into the world; there's enough ugliness out there and I don't need or want to add to it just to make a point/ get likes.

I wish you a happy Thursday and if you're feeling burnt out like I am, put your thoughts in the comments section about how YOU are dealing with it!

Quote of the Day #bobdylan, #freedom, #vaccination

Good afternoon and happy Tuesday! 

Today I am reminded of a Bob Dylan quote -  "A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom." 

Seems lately that Americans have forgotten that. We want 'freedom' but don't understand the responsibility of freedom. 

You are not free to spread a deadly virus, for example. 

Get vaccinated so that we can finally be done with Covid. The longer you persist in your selfishness, the longer we will have to endure this. 

On Thursday, July 22nd I will acknowledge the 500th day since I started working from home; something that was supposed to last about four to six weeks. At the time, I was like 'wow, that's a long time'... to that memory,  I say HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAAHAHAHAHAHA! if only it had only been that long. Had everyone cooperated, we could have been done by last summer. But nope, people are morons. 





Radical Amazement @FreeWillAstro

Blog flowersI've been following Rob Brezny's Free Will Astrology column for years... literally decades. I'm such a fan of his website that I check it for the nuggets of wisdom he routinely posts... below is today's nugget. I posted because it resonates for me at this time in my life/in our history. I don't know about you, but I am having a hard time getting up in the morning. It's not just work. It's not just NYC. It's not just a momentary break from the comic strip. It's not just my weight loss/getting back in shape regimen. It's not just a hundred other things. It's kind of sort of everything all swirled together in a big heaping portion of Yuck Pudding. 

But it's worth striving for - to see the glory, the amazing, the joy is a much better way to live. And yet, how does one do that in our time? 


Week of July 22nd, 2021

To Live in Radical Amazement

"Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement . . . get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible. Never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed."

- Abraham Joshua Heschel, Jewish theologian and civil rights activist