A couple of years ago I worked for the government and had a job that most people would consider stressful. Ultimately it wasn't so much the job itself as it was the accumulation of years of stress that had been creeping up on me.
WoFat, a friend of mine who follows this blog, told me that he had been in a similar situation and he received good advice. "If you keep it up either you'll kill somebody or they'll kill you." The advice was sound. And I retired and shifted my occupational focus. It was like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders.
Stress is cumulative. If you look at a glass of water, judge its weight. Assume it's eight ounces. Not all that heavy. But it's not the absolute weight that matters, if you hold it straight out in front of you. Hold it for a minute, not a problem. Hold it for an hour, your arm will ache, hold it for a day and you'll need a doctor.
The weight is the same but the longer you hold it, the heavier it becomes. That's how stress works. If you carry the burden all the time, sooner or later the weight will become too heavy and you won't be able to carry it any further.
It's easy to have people preach about how you should shuck off the stress, but it's much easier to say than to do. The longer you hold it the more damage it does - cumulatively. And it can kill you. Freedom means being able to control the stressful elements of your life and to manage them. Setting down the glass of water and walking away from it, only lifting it periodically doesn't make it any lighter or heavier but it makes the effort much easier to manage.
As of January 1, 2017 this blog began to receive anonymous posts. I try not to delete them, but if you want to be taken seriously here, you need to identify yourself, if only by some sort of cryptonym.
Welcome to Virtual Mirage
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the cat. "We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad," asked Alice?
"You must be," said the cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."
Virtual Mirage - What's on the other side of the mirror? Ask Alice how deep the rabbit hole really goes.
This blog is an extension of MY JOURNEY because sometimes my journey needs more explanation, and sometimes there is more to be said than can be expressed on one ordinary blog.
Sometimes it's politics (very serious), sometimes I address the human condition with a dose of humor, and other times it may seem as if the track is headed in a unique direction. I can be a complicated guy at times.
There are a few things you'll find I consider:
* Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
* Sometimes the questions are complex but the answers are simple.
* Love is the only condition where the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
* Steers do not sign treaties with meat packers. (think on that)
* Taxes are NEVER levied for the benefit of the taxed.
* The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no victory possible in defense.
WHITE POWDER (Novel)
There is something intoxicating about a secret.
THE OLD WHORE (NOVEL)
In the peculiar culture of the Central Intelligence Agency, "old whores" are people who will do whatever it takes to get the job done, irrespective of the cost.
EXILES FROM EDEN (NOVEL)
Sparks fly as two star-crossed lovers meet. He runs toward trouble as she yearns for something missing. And it ends in a flight from and toward justice.
Today, I balance work and play as much as anyone can. All things remaining equal, play is more important. Life is short - it's important to make every day count for something, if only to yourself.
I'm a former tinker/tailor/soldier/sailor who has now decided that maybe it really wasn't all done for nothing.
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