What I Know for Sure
This past couple of months has been a bit of a merry go round. Between weather, health issues, house issues and the like, there has been very little quiet time. And I thrive on quiet time. 🙂
When I worked outside my home, I dealt with traffic, parking, people, noise, people, traffic, and stress. Lots of stress.
Stress is not always a bad thing, but it does have a cumulative effect over time. A couple of years ago I took a leave to have a knee replacement. By the time I went back to work, I actually felt like a Human Being again. Rested, relaxed, pain free. At peace. By the end of 60 days, all that was a memory.
I know people who are constantly “on”. They work at warp 3 with bouts of increased activity that would put a group of kindergartners to shame. Down time is a rush around town doing things.
Now, I get that some folks like to be busy. They thrive on constantly doing something. Where I draw the line is between having things to be done and making things to do.
In this day and age, for most of us, there is very little need to spend a huge amount of time doing very much of anything. Cooking is a lot simpler than it was even twenty years ago. Cleaning house or gardening might be time consuming, but is not nearly the huge amount of work it used to be.
All that being said, there is a certain amount of satisfaction and – dare I say it – joy in a lot of projects or processes. Cooking a wonderful meal, redecorating a room, cleaning up a garden with an eye at adding new plants or creating new planting spaces, all of these things are opportunities to take a step off the treadmill of life and do something that makes us happy, fulfilled and content.
Not everyone can have the job of their dreams, but I believe everyone can have something they love that gives relief from that stressful job and long commute.