L E T T E R from Jac – Do Not Burn Yourself Out – The Broad Place

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L E T T E R from Jac – Do Not Burn Yourself Out

I have been doing a lot of Workplace Program work, and the fatigue and burn out is real right now. A lot of people are taking a day a week holiday as requested by employers and have run out of holiday time, so have nothing to look forward to. Many have replaced commuting with slaving at their desk. In general a sense of fatigue has set in deeply as work days blur and boundaries are dissolved. The current time is gently asking of us to find our aliveness, our wildness AND also be productive, compassionate and creative. They are one and the same. We are one person, at home and at work, not two people. So if you’re working through the pandemic right now, understand that there are tools available to you that can help you navigate this time and thrive. Learn to meditate. Set boundaries. Dissolve the idea that work life balance can be yours and instead find harmony and flow. Take better care of yourself. Exercise and hydrate. Eat your greens. Stop snacking endlessly. Put down your phone. Turn off your notifications. Have compassion for yourself and others…there is a long amazing list of tools available to you immediately implementable!

The work I have been doing in this space has been incredibly exciting and rewarding, progressive and the timing has been deeply felt. If you’re keen to have a virtual or in person Workshop for your team centered on creativity, clarity, boundaries, resilience and focus – please email me.

I wanted to share some words by Edward Abbey. “One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”

With love,

Jac x