"It's very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems."
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Has it really been over a month since I last posted anything? I guess I've been on a bit of a hiatus from almost everything.
I woke up early, as usual, this morning. I struggle on work days to get out of bed, but on my days off I am wide awake at 6:30 a.m., if not earlier. I have, however, already been productive. I started bread and am in the process of making curtido, one of many things I plan on fermenting in the kitchen.
I have spent the last few months in a state of burnout. The job I have been working at for the last seven years was finally getting to be too much. Without going into too much detail, the workload-staffing ratio was too much. Working in any health care environment during this pandemic is stressful. I can only imagine how much stress a front line worker is experiencing
But I just transferred to a different job and it's just what I needed. I feel the effects of burnout fatigue fading little by little. My writing has suffered, the several typewriters I had hoped to restore and sell are neglected. My recent focus has been in the kitchen, mostly to avoid eating takeout. I also realize the benefits of cooking at home. Valerie and I both feel better having home cooked meals.
And the typewriters.? Yes, they are calling to me. It's time to get busy, The writing and reading I keep saying I will do also beckons. But first, I have a lot of straightening to do. Since it's really too cold to go outside, I think today is the day.