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    Cindy Hood

    Carol, I love the honesty of these posts and I can relate. It helps me so much knowing I am not the only one struggling with these things. One thing I read a few months ago (can't seem to remember where) that really seems to help me is the phrase "Whatever you are doing now is what you are supposed to be doing". Thank you for sharing your journey.


    Cindy--Thanks for the quote. It's a reminder for me that even if it's not obvious in the moment, there is a reason for what I am experiencing. Looking back, the purpose becomes so much clearer.

    Carol Bradbury

    It was so great to hear from you again! Thank you for sharing your journey and letting us know we're not the only ones going through these things. I so appreciate you teaching us the lessons you have learned. This quote from John Steinbeck is my gift to you as a way of saying thank you: "I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."
    I hope you will continue to be renewed day by day!


    Carol--thank you for the wonderful quote. It's lovely and I'm humbled. I don't really think of myself as a teacher, but as I told a friend, I'm a scribe--of my own experiences and what I see in the world.

    As for being an artist, I think we all have the ability to create art, if we follow our instincts into the unknown. When I'm writing--even about something I'm very familiar with--I don't know where it will lead me, how the story will end or what conclusions I'll come up with. That's the joy of art.


    Thank you for sharing your story. I'm sure I'm not the only reader relating completely to your experience. I believe it's no accident that I'm reading this just the day before I leave for eight days away from my work life, in an attempt to try and find my real self. I've been having an out-of-body type of experience lately (for much too long) just to get through the days...I think that's a sign of burn-out! Eight days won't cut it, I know, yet your writings have helped me to realize I'm not alone in feeling something is "off" and wanting to do something about it. Maybe while I'm away for this short time, my soul will lead me to a path for healing.
    Thanks again,


    Joan--so sorry to hear that you are in a place of burnout and glad this came at the right time for you. The good news is that you have awareness of where you are at.

    You are right that you are not alone. In addition to comments on this blog, I've gotten emails from other readers who feel like you do. I think it's more common than people think. People talk about burnout on a superficial level but I've found that no one really talks about the real limitations it causes and the amount of time it takes to recover. No Superman or Superwoman wants to acknowledge the impact of Kryptonite.

    Enjoy your time away--the space that you've carved out for yourself will give your mind the break that it needs for a next step to appear.

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