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Is Anyone Out There Crazy Busy?

It’s been forever since I last posted, and I blame it on being crazy busy!  Feeling a tad overwhelmed I started looking for ways to reduce what I felt to be frantic stress, and decided to head to my local library where I usually find a calm oasis (as long as it isn’t during the after-school traffic).  I discovered an amazing book aptly named “CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD” by Edward Hallowell. Of course I didn’t have time to sit in the library and read it (what with me being Crazy Busy and all!) but I did put it in my car’s CD player and have made my driving time a whole lot more pleasant and effective.

Hallowell suggests how in today’s fast-paced, take it all on and make it happen now world, many of us are developing ADD-like symptoms such as not being able to follow a thought through, having many thoughts quickly, interrupting, wanting to get right to the point – now!  His opening example is of being on vacation in a cabin with a rotary phone and how exasperated he felt while waiting what seemed like forever for the phone to dial.  Forever was 15 seconds.  So true, though.  I can’t imagine using a rotary phone – how prehistoric!  How did anyone survive using one of those!  He goes on to write about modern day examples with urgent new client work, urgent demands, urgent social situations and how to confront/deal with these kinds of urgent situations effectively.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to bring calm back into their life and have more organized thought patterns that aren’t so easily disturbed by our modern, gotta have it now world.



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