By Patricia L. Fitzgerald, Editor 2016-09-27 14:13:19
Stop. Take a Breath. Take Another. I’m pretty busy these days, how about you? What’s your to-do list look like? Do you feel like you’re successfully keeping up with all your responsibilities at work? How about at home? Does reading this magazine inspire you with all the cool ideas that others are doing or does it stress you out? Or both? So many of us are living in a go-go-go world. I blame the Internet—which has opened our worlds wider than us non-Millennials ever could have imagined when we were teens. We can “do” things—shop, learn, connect, manage, plan, be entertained—with the touch of just a few buttons, giving us more available time, but presenting us with a paradoxical sense that we must fill that time by “doing” even more. Changes in how we work also lead to changes in our (and others’) expectations of what we can and should do. I’m a habitual burn-the-candles-at-both-ender and I have a longstanding FOMO (fear of missing out) issues. I’m also a people-pleaser and a problem-solver. So, it’s really no surprise that I am my own worst enemy in spreading myself too thin. Does any of this sound familiar? I wouldn’t be surprised, as my observations are that those people who seem most engaged in life are also those who too-often feel stressed by their choices. And school nutrition folks are pretty darn engaged, if you ask me! In times of stress, it’s soooo easy to lose patience, lose perspective—and lose “it.” I know very well many of the practices and techniques to focus on nurturing and self-care. I’m a veteran of “thrive” workshops, yoga classes, gratitude journals, mindful meditation and, oh yeah, saying “no” tactics. But I’m not so good at putting them into practice when they are most needed. How about you? We need to make some changes—and I hope that sharing my story with you serves as needed prompt for all of us! As this issue of the magazine races its way to the printer, I found myself literally racing to work at the same speed as my racing mind. I came to my senses in the last four miles of the commute and stopped thinking. I just breathed. Big breath in. Big breath out. Repeat. Let’s do more that together.
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