i’m about to check out. tomorrow i leave for vacation with my family, and the timing couldn’t be better. my husband’s sick. my eldest is coping with a friend’s suicide one week ago. and i’ve been flat out getting ready for hotseat’s launch with the american heart association.
readers of free-range may have noticed my posting has been positively anemic lately (i won’t quibble). that’s because i’ve been telling myself “no” while all this has been going down. my internal voice sounds like this:
no, researching and writing a blog post isn’t justifiable right now.
no, you can’t keep up with the twitter stream and feed that beast right now.
no, you can’t work until 8 or 10 pm each night and be fresh tomorrow, give the eldest what she needs, or expect your family to still love you.
all of these “nos” made sure i paid attention to what was critical (my daughter) and didn’t stretch myself so thin that i crashed and burned.
but feeling the pressure not to say no got me wondering: where is the “no” in employee wellness? where is the recognition that we need to teach people to say no? we want to teach people to eat better, to exercise more, to stress less, to smoke not at all. what about teaching them to say no? with that no, who knows, they may have time to eat better, exercise more, stress less and smoke not at all!
a crazy thought? you tell me. in roughly 24 hours i’m finding a hammock and thinking about it myself.