Last night, I had a bit of a meltdown. An article I was writing–about death and grieving–disappeared suddenly and mysteriously from my computer. I had taken a break for dinner, and when I came back–poof!—it was gone.
I had spent hours on this piece, and had invested quite a bit of emotion in it. I searched every conceivable place on my computer to no avail, growing more and more frustrated and anxious to the point of tears.
It was then that I realized I needed to stop. To step away. To give myself time to get calm and then come back to the task with fresh eyes.
This morning, I still have no idea what happened, but I feel more confident and in control. I’ve already set up a call with my tech support guy, and I have been able to recreate much of the piece. Stepping away gave me the rest I needed to tackle the challenge.
We all need to do this from time to time. Often, when high anxiety strikes, persistence doesn’t pay—peace and quiet do. So—stop. Step away. Give yourself the break you need. Then come back to the task renewed and ready to go.
Copyright 2014 Michelle Kerrigan