Friday Morning Ponderings.

“Out there is a fortune waitin’ to be had
If you think I’ll let it go you’re mad
You’ve got another think comin’.
In this world we’re livin’ in we have our share of sorrow
Answer now is don’t give in
Aim for a new tomorrow.”

Sweet jumping jesus, yesterday was a long day. Our office works two different shifts, and yesterday was my day to work the morning shift, so I got to work at 7:00 A.M. I was planning on getting off at 3:00 P.M. There are five people in my unit on my shift and five on the opposite shift. By 2:30 PM four of those people had called in sick. The management was asking if anybody would mind working over time. I kind of jokingly told the department manager that I’d work a double if they would let me have today off. I was kidding, didn’t think they would go for it. Much to my surprise Donna, the department manager, said, “you got it”. So, I left work at 9:00 PM last night. Now, I know I don’ t have a physically demanding job; I do nothing but sit at a desk and call people all day. However, I’m in collections, and no one likes to get calls from a collector. Let me tell you being yelled at by people that are not paying their student loans for 14 hours is draining. I’m just glad I’m not in sales. I’ve done telemarketing before, didn’t like it, won’t do it again.
So, I’ve got an entire day to spend with as I please. I don’t have any major projects to work on, and I’m not really sure what to do with the time. What a gift. I think I’ll spend a couple of hours writing the post event follow up emails. I’ll probably spend several hours reading or studying. I might just spend some time making some jewelery. I know I’ll do some laundry because I’ll be out of the house next week (house sitting for a friend of mine that is going on a cruise). I should probably do some house cleaning, but I’m just not feeling it today.
I’ve spent a lot of time this week reflecting on two separate pieces of advice that I got from two widely different sources. The first came from AElflaed of Duckford; I’ve been reading a lot of the essays on her site ( I highly recommend reading her essays to anyone that is interested), and it deals with the subject of burnout due to unrealistic expectations.  In the weeks prior to Fighter’s Collegium I had begun to feel burnt out; I was in a funk in general, and I couldn’t figure out why. After reading this I realized that I was feeling what I was feeling because my own personal goals were kind of excessive. If, or when, I bid on another event, I’m going to print out the final paragraph of that essay and read it every time I do anything associated with the event.  I will also give it to any first time autocrat that asks me to help plan or work on their event. So, I’ve been working on both making my goals for my life in the Society more reasonable, and, more importantly, on remembering that I do what I do because I enjoy it. When I stop enjoying it, it’s time to find something else to focus on for a while. Right now, my goals are to study and learn the rules of SCA Heraldry, so that I’ll be somewhat prepared if the local Herald’s office ever comes open. I think I would enjoy being a herald. It would be another way to serve, and that’s what I want to do, to serve. Serve my Household, serve my Barony, and most importantly to serve my Kingdom. Awe Hail!