Are you disgusted by cigarette smoke?
Why do people smoke? It makes people smell you from 20 feet away, tarnishes your teeth, blackens your lungs, and puts you at risk for cancer. It doesn’t make sense. People shouldn’t smoke, it’s ‘stupid’….right?
Sometimes it’s easy to judge a person’s WHAT without adequately understanding their WHY.
Smoking….drinking…..drug abuse….self-righteousness anger….binge eating…….all signs and symptoms of a thirsty and burnt-out soul!
Life has a way of steering you toward the worst sources of relief when you are experiencing the worst episodes of agony. Until you have been sorely tested and tried you can never say what you won’t do. Burnout can lead to some of the most unsavory of habits.
What is burnout?
Here is my definition: Not knowing where to start nor where to end.
My experience in burnout is like the time that you go swimming and for the first time you find yourself having floated to the deep end and feel that first wave of water go over your face, covering your nose, deafening your ears……panic….fear….helplessness….grasping for help….
It’s the stab of fear you get just at that moment when you realize: I’m in over my head…..
How does it happen?
how does a boat capsize? it takes on more water in a manner that it cannot handle.
“Burnout is nature’s way of telling you, you’ve been going through the motions your soul has departed; you’re a zombie, a member of the walking dead, a sleepwalker. False optimism is like administrating stimulants to an exhausted nervous system.”- Seth Keen
The question then is not how do you stimulate a soul that is being overworked, overtaxed, and overwhelmed…
In part 2 of this post I’ll dive into some unconventional techniques that will not only invigorate your freeze-dried soul but also explode your brain cells with new creativity. Until then, take a breath, take a walk, and take a moment to thank God for the problems and the issues you have……it is for your good, REALLY!