Friday, March 20, 2009

Life is what happens when you are not looking

It is amazing how I can sort of just disappear into this world of my own to reemerge wondering where the time went. It is not a bad thing at all, actually it means I'm relaxed and living in the moment.
I was commenting to my wife the other evening that since being laid off this is the first time I've noticed that I've stopped grinding my teeth, waking up in the middle of the night worrying a deadline and the lack of tension in my shoulders and neck. Don't get me wrong, I'm still stressed - a 4 1/2 month old son, no job, bad economy, family obligations, etc..., but it is a different kind of stress. I am actually using the stress that comes from being "head of household" and advancing my life to the next level to motivate me.
I've come to realize it doesn't matter what my job is, because I've worked for some great companies and people as well as running my own company; the job stress is a beast no matter the situation, and in some ways I miss it...
So, what am I doing now? Well, it is a lot of networking and trying to stay on people's radar for when things come around and companies actually start hiring and stop cutting (I've presented at a few conferences and had a ton of great meetings); A lot of time training...AH HA, the great stress reducer!!!... A lot of time with Weck; I find every reason not to leave the house or take him with with me these days as he is growing and becoming his own little person.

It is a crazy world out there and we all are feeling the pain. My advice is to grab what's near and dear to your heart, hold it close and enjoy that one heart beat; also, find an outlet...might it be running or biking or just walking through a park, get out, enjoy some sun shine and soak in the warmth and vitamin D.

Congratulations go out to my friend Christian Vande Velde:I'm hoping to strike a similar pose in one of my local races soon! CONGRATS VdV!!!

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