The best things in life are free
I wrote a while ago about a cracking book called “You Really Are Rich, You Just Don’t Know it” which is a tongue in cheek view of life and placing a value on the free things that we have that are good in our lives. I was thinking about it this morning coming into work and telling myself that under all of this pressure there are good things to remember.
My sense is that this year is going to be harder than last year, not because things are going to get significantly worse economically, but because it is more of the same. A couple of years back I set out to climb the three biggest mountains in the UK in 24 hours. The third was the smallest, but by God was it the hardest. But that is what you would expect right? And the same thing goes for work. We only have a certain amount of energy and resilience.
You only have to look at the number of HR bloggers out there struggling. I read a post yesterday by Charlie at HR Fishbowl about the difficulty of balancing his current business demands with the maintenance of his blog and it really resonated with me. On the same day one of my team came to see me because they “didn’t have time to breathe” and felt like they should “be asleep all of the time”. Could I help? I tried, but probably sucked because, well…….I feel the same.
Last night my wife asked if I wanted to go out this Thursday. When I replied I did, she asked me what I wanted to do. And I had no capacity to take on anything else. My feeble response was something along the lines of, “I don’t care as long as I don’t have to plan or organise it”. Something good, just felt like a task.
Why am I writing this? Well partly as catharsis and partly because I am sure there are other people experiencing similar feelings. We have been here before and we all got out the other end. And you can be sure we will be here again at another point in our careers. But it doesn’t hurt to remember that there are good things going on in our lives all of the time, if we’d just let them in.
UPDATE: And one of those really good things is that I have just realised that a year ago this very day, I posted my first entry on the blog that became My Hell is Other People. Happy Birthday to me! I’m feeling all uplifted!