Downtime and recovery…

I returned from NYC late 11/09/15 from a great trip to see Brother and his girlfriend, which was action-packed. I spent a little time editing pictures but mostly hanging out with Boyfriend before he goes to work and resting. Vacations can be fun but physically demanding.Walking around the sites of New York City was very enjoyable but left me exhausted and sore, though in better shape from all the exercise I got. I saw many places I had not on the previous visits to NYC, and I will soon be posting pictures and more details…

This is my “downtime” week, the week between my last job and my new job. I have tried to utilize the time to do things I wouldn’t be able to do during the day, such as running errands, browsing shops, blogging, and getting a massage. It is already Thursday, and I am asking myself where the time is going, but being at home and recovering from my recent adventure has been good. It’s been nice to just sit in the comfy chair and read or snuggle with the furry child Boo. I am excited about the new job and ready for the challenges ahead but want to make sure that I relax and keep from being too busy so I can start next week feeling prepared and fresh. I launch into my 10 hour days/ 4 day workweek on 11/16, and I will be attending multiple trainings around Texas in the coming months. It will b a great opportunity to learn new things and improve my skills as a case manager.

I started thinking about all the things I could do with this week of free time, and realized that it is not really “downtime” if I don’t actually slow down. I am trying to be mindful while enjoying these few days, and I think I am doing well so far.

What do you do with your “downtime” to rest, recover and prepare for new adventures?

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Stuff happens… yes, it does.

I have not yet blogged about the upcoming 2016 Presidential election, though I have mentioned candidates. I am not a Jeb Bush fan, and do not support many of his ideas or the policies he supports, including Common Core. In fact, I am against political dynasties on both sides of the political spectrum. However, I can appreciate his comments with regard to the mass shooting in Oregon. My understanding is that Bush does not feel that reacting to every tragedy with new laws is the answer, for instance gun control changes when a mass shooting happens. My personal feeling is that crimes would be stopped and mass shooting would be tragedies with less loss of life if more people had guns and knew how to safely and appropriately use them.
Here are Jeb Bush’s comments, as posted in a Yahoo article:

“It’s been a difficult time in our country, and I don’t think more government is necessarily the answer to this,” Bush said. “I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It’s just, it’s very sad to see, but I resist this notion and I did — I had this challenge as governor — we had, look, stuff happens. There’s always a crisis and the impulse is always to do something, and it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.”

Of course, this brings to mind the old thought of:

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before,” said by Rahm Emmanuel.

Yes, stuff does happen, all the time.  Bad things happen and are often carried out by bad people with bad intentions, who do not follow laws. We can prepare for emergencies to try to prevent bad things from happening, but so much is out of our control. We can’t prevent every bad event from happening but each of us can be aware and then make the decisions we need to make to be safe.  Guns don’t kill people, people kill people, and that is what I believe. People with ill intent will find a way to carry out their ill intent, regardless of the laws, policies and the restrictions in place. Using a tragedy to prey on people’s emotions and then taking advantage of people’s distraction shows how devious politicians can be.

My thoughts are with the victims and families of the victim in Oregon, and I hope they find peace and comfort in the aftermath of this tragedy.

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