by Robert Wilkinson
If you’re feeling overworked, or pushed to work beyond what is reasonable, today’s brief offering may help you know that you’re not alone, it’s nothing personal, and in any case an opportunity to manage your response to this passing (if intense) circumstance.
A friend of the site mentioned that she was having a hard time because “it seems some people think we are robots and don't need holidays. I have been working every day since … and though the money is good I decided to keep my (other) job as well. I will not get a Spring break and will keep working till next Saturday.”
I responded that occasionally we have to "ramp it up," and do what we must to focus to "git er dun" as "they" say in Texas. Sometimes we work double time for money or to sharpen up. Other times we get to relax and create. Outer focus, inner focus, outer focus, inner focus. The trick is to relax into the process.
At least that’s my direct experience this lifetime. Occasionally we really have to focus, get it in gear, and go into full “production mode.” During those times, we’re not going to be very introspective or in relaxation mode. While we have to learn to practice these the best we’re able in the midst of pressured circumstances, that’s merely an issue of self-maintenance, always a good thing when we’re “under pressure,” to quote Ziggy.
Then a curious thing happens. When we’ve finally expanded our capacities during the time of intensified work and now have hit another level of output, inevitably at some point in time we get to cruise into an easier time of non-intensified work. That requires a shift in us, since if we’re working at full speed, and then don’t have to, something’s got to give.
When I was younger, I used to worry when I wasn’t on full output that somehow I was neglecting something, or overlooking something, because SURELY I was supposed to be full on all the time. (What do you expect from a Sun conjunct Mars in Aries? ;-)) It took me a while to learn that sometimes we have truly expanded to the fullest, and now get to contract a little. Inbreathing, outbreathing. Lungs opening, lungs closing. Life is like that.
So if you feel the pressure of increased demands, remember that 1) it’s sharpening you up so you continue at the height of your ability to respond to a passing situation, learning all you can while you’re in the thick of it, and 2) yes, it is in fact a passing situation. There is no storm that lasts forever. Even a shipwreck in hell ends at 7 years. How much quicker all the rest?
So if you’re overworked, take heart. It is a passing thing, and is there to show you that either things will slow down at the right time in the right way, or perhaps it’s time to “roll with the flow, wherever it goes, even if it rolls out of here,” to quote Papa Nez. Then you just need a plan, but that’s another topic for another article.
Copyright © 2014 Robert Wilkinson