I arrived back in Whitehorse at 1 a.m. last night/this morning to -10 C and white, white, white. Now I know how people feel who arrive from Down South having never been here. It's a shock to the system after +10 temperatures in Toronto and Vancouver.
I had a 7 a.m. Toastmasters meeting, which I skipped, and awoke after eight to an apartment with no power. No matter. Make a cold breakfast and go back to bed. Power came back on, hot breakfast and still no sign of the cat. Perhaps 2 weeks with a house sitter cured him of his 5 a.m. alarm clock habit.
I'm officially in re-entry mode, which means for a few days after I return from traveling my energy is low and all I wanna do is nothing. Experience tells me that doing nothing for 3 days is not a cure, it just prolongs the slump.
What works best is finding a balance between work and rest. Do not do too much but take action and keep moving. Stop and take a break when necessary, nap, maybe watch a movie, but maintain a forward momentum.
With the right amount of action and inaction, the body's vital energy will return and I will easily transition back into a regular work schedule.
It's taken me a long time to learn this. I used to book chock-a-block meetings immediately upon my return from a trip thinking I had to make up for being gone. Wrong thing to do! Because I was cranky and tired the meeting wound up being a total write-off OR I'd have to go back and apologize to someone for opening my big mouth when I shouldn't have.
So I'm going to finish this blog, work for a while on my screenplay, take care of some e-business and get back under the covers where the cat is still asleep. He's got the right idea. It's winter out there!
Inspiring Message of the Day: Everything can wait. I'm at my best when I'm rested.