I had a lot of fun being my school’s site rep through the union this year. Even though all schools are supposed to have 2 or more, I was the only one but I didn’t really mind it because I felt strong enough to handle it. That was until a person complained to me, about me. I was told I offended the staff with something I said and at first I felt really sad about it. Later I got angry. What right does this person have to insult me this way? This person is not doing any of the jobs of a practicing site rep and yet she/he is attacking the way I spoke in a meeting. The proof is in the pudding, we got our deal this year so something worked. Anyway, I was so insulted by the way this person approached me that I took them off my Facebook and when I see them in the halls I just elect more or less to walk the other way. It makes me wonder why anyone ever runs for public office. It is a thankless job. It also made me realize I will not ever be a rep again. Getting people to move on something, at least in my experience, is like getting blood from a stone. Did some relaxation after this happened and I called down. Then I had more realizations and resolve.
After you breathe and meditate in a relaxed state, you can better understand what’s important in your life. A lot of the “chaff” burns away when you take the time to relax.I think much of our world today is overworked and overcommitted. This stems from people not being able to say no. I am as guilty of this as anyone. I have gotten a little better though through the years. It used to be whenever my boss would ask me to take on some new extra task, I was all gung ho to do it. While I hope I never lose that “get er done” spirit, I need to remember that I can burnout and that is not helpful to anyone. You want to be fresh and rested for the things you do. If you aren’t, your creativity suffers as well as your wit and candor. You end up doing a half-way decent job on multiple things rather than a stellar job of a few or even one thing you focus on.