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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 12:28 PM

Hi, William:
I was sorry to read that you are going through this. I find that sometimes I get overwhelmed by everything that I want to do, but in the long run, I am the one setting the pace and I need to learn my own limitations.

Like it or not – you aren’t 21 anymore. You need to listen to your body and take care of yourself. Having your project finished in time won’t be worth it if your kids have to see you go out of the room to vent. They surely feel the stress that you are feeling too and I am sure that they would rather have a relaxed and fun dad who is happy than a super-productive dad who is miserable. Sometimes we forget that our own moods affect everyone who is in contact with us – especially our loved ones.

Perhaps it is time to lower the bar a bit. Make your comfort and health your first priority. Expect nothing more for the moment and then anything that you feel like doing will be a bonus.

Usually things like this go in cycles. This too shall pass. Take on more as you feel better and able. Slowing down a bit doesn’t have to be permanent. Just enough to let you get your bearings and then you will be better able to combat your pain (WITHOUT Jose!)

Sounds like I am lecturing and I apologize for that, but from the outside looking in I think you need to take a good, long breath.

I hope you feel better soon. :) Hang in there!


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