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The Shadow Monster In the Room

December 11, 2015

I’m not sure when it trapped me. I’m generally so much better than this. And it wasn’t until a friend mentioned it that I realized I was trapped. 


We all have it. We all have to figure out how to manage it. Those of us who are functioning adults have figured out how to deal with it. And today, I realized I haven’t. I don’t. 

It looked like things just got more and more tense. Deadlines loomed a little bit bigger. Simple tasks became a little bit harder, and then a lot harder. I started to miss deadlines; some external but many self imposed. 

I was sharing my stress with a friend because that’s what friends are for. My job has been crazy with interruptions literally night and day. My family life is as stressful as a family of 8 kids headed into the Christmas holiday can be when we decided to make homemade gifts. I have some external projects that I’m working on. 

And as I shared this, my friend asked

Have you seen a doctor?

What you mean, like on TV or in the grocery store?

Another friend offered the answer, “I don’t know. Maybe. It’s not like they wear their lab coats all day.” 

It was a lighthearted response to a serious inquiry. But. . .but. . .I don’t need to see a doctor. I’m fine. Well, except for the things I just listed, of course. And a couple more that I forget. 

Time to figure out how to destress. And probably schedule time with my primary care physician. 

If I can just find time. 

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren. 

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