2 thoughts on “Day 13: Resisting Burnout

  • June 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I just wanted to say thank you for writing and for honoring yourself that you need a break. Please don’t ever confuse lack of comments with lack of impact. You are one of my favorite writers, and I have you bookmarked on the homepage of my phone. Unfortunately that also means I can’t readily leave comments, but you have impacted my life immeasurably. I’m in school to become a clinical mental health counselor, and I relate so dearly with much of what you say. I admire you for your journey, and thank you for sharing yourself with us.

    • June 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      Dear, dear Melissa,

      I am overwhelmed with your response. You know, writing is very isolating and I am touched that you have reached out to me so generously and candidly, today. I needed you and you are there. That’s the magic of “community.”

      It is very difficult to gauge one’s impact as a writer and blogger. Except, of course, through comments. I am so gratified to know that what I do here is helpful to you and with your studies. It seems obvious to me, by your honesty and sincerity, that you are sensitive and compassionate ~ an intelligent and empathetic listener. Sentient. You will be a fine mental health counsellor and I wish you well in your career.

      Here, on this quiet day, you have made me feel worthwhile. I love journeying even though there are difficult bumpy moments. What is invariably healing for me is a good night’s sleep and a new beginning each day. Sleep heals. And rest. And mindfulness. I finished a baby hat today and I’m back on my baby cardigan for the third time. Thus far, it is going well.

      Melissa, I thank you. I feel so good and you have given me that feeling.

      What a gift. Be well and take care.

      Best of luck in your studies. People with mental health problems and concerns need bright, kind, responsive counsellors like you.



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