We all have such
an experience – a state of captivity and numbness. These are days when we
simply surrender to life’s challenges which might be something overwhelming or
the last straw on the camel’s back or sheer boredom. We feel like trapped in a
maze too exhausted to attempt the escape. "The Circle Game” featured in Joni
Mitchell's third album, Ladies of the
Canyon, released in 1970 comes in handy.
captive on the carousel of time
can't return we can only look behind
where we came
go round and round and round
the circle game
This is the burnout syndrome. Faced with mounting challenges whether from work or family, we are
so exhausted that we stop fighting back or we find ourselves simply stifled by
boredom. Whatever the cause may be, we have to re-activate ourselves by first
examining our situation.
Is it a situation we want to be
in? How long can we stay there stuck? Why are we there? Is it the best for
ourselves? These are solid questions we have to answer!
Want to stay in the situation –
same job, same relationship? Then get re-energized to improve it. Get help if
the challenges are overwhelming. Voice your objection if the workload keeps
increasing or if the relationship is upsetting you. If life is too monotonous,
create new dimensions. Break your routine. Make new friends. Start a new hobby.
Want to uproot yourself from the
situation, make preparations for the change to come. Take it as a project and
plan it but not to the greatest details. That would be too nerve-wracking.
Life does not have to be a circle
game. Make the present enjoyable and look ahead to a known future coloured by
surprises that you can handle!