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Ripples #1,006: Working The Right Amount!

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Ripples #1,006: Working The Right Amount!
Sep 3, 2018

PEBBLE
If you’re tired…learn to rest, not to quit.
-Nishan Panwar
shared by Jessica in Los Angeles, CA

BOULDER
To become the best you, sometimes you need to push yourself. Just don’t push too hard, you don’t want to break what you worked so hard to improve.
-Alexis Mazure
written and shared by Alexis at Central Michigan University

PONDER
Many of us here in the U.S. are enjoying an extended weekend thanks to Labor Day, an official holiday to recognize “the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country” (from Wikipedia). Unofficially, this marks the end of the summer when some people are diving into another academic year while others prepare to focus on a final burst of productivity before the end of the calendar year.

Labor Day is a great day to ponder the complimentary aspects of work and play. It is important for us to get our work done, of course. It is equally important for us to include enough rest and play so that we can unleash our best work. There is a ton of research that supports them as crucial strategies for maximizing productivity and potential.

Whatever you need more of, I wish you the right combination of happy resting, happy playing, and happy working!

Peace,
Paul
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Ripples #808: Light & Heavy!

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[11/17/2014] Ripples #808: Light & Heavy!

PEBBLE
If people never did silly things,
nothing intelligent would ever get done.
-Ludwig Wittgenstein

BOULDER
I always try to balance
the light with the heavy:
a few tears of human spirit
in with the sequins and the fringes.
-Bette Midler, shared by Sharon in Madison, WI

PONDER
As we inch closer to the holidays, you may be starting to prepare for the unique combination of “light & heavy” that this time of year often brings. There’s the joy of holiday spirit with all the good food and good times AND for many it is also crunch time to wrap up the academic semester or fiscal year.

I think the trick to maintaining sanity around this time of year is to seek your particular balance of light and heavy. Remember that humor is a great stress management tool and being goofy can help cut the tension during a long work meeting, a study session, or even holiday events that sometimes get stressful. Do what you can to take deep breaths, play hard, and work hard (and then play hard some more!). And remember to cut some extra slack for yourself and others during this time of year.

Peace,
Paul
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