It’s Not the Work; It’s the Worry

“Work is healthy, you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Worry is rust upon the blade.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher, quoted in The Teachers’ Institute, Vol. 18, No. 1 (September 1895)

I’m one of those people who works on weekends–that’s when the majority of my grading gets done. So work is on my mind today. I saw this quote, and it resonated greatly.

I do love my job, and even the grading doesn’t bother me overly much. I’d rather have fewer classes or the same number of classes with fewer students, and that’s where the worry comes in.

Am I spending enough time on each student’s paper? Will I get it done in time? Will I have time to spend with my son? Will I have time to sleep? Probably similar questions to what others have.

And like all positions, I worry about work related things that have nothing to do with my job.  And Beecher is right. It’s the worry, that’s getting to me. That’s what causes the stress, and this is true for so many of us.

I try not to let the stress bother me, but of course it does. I can feel it. I tell myself it’s temporary, and I know it is, but it’s no fun.

So how do we remove stress from work? I have ideas on a national scale, but this is not the blog for that. Mini-meditations, stretching and breathing help me when I remember to do them.

No real answers today, but just some thoughts to ponder.  Enjoy the weekend!


About maggiec

Educator, writer, world traveler, bibliophile, theater devotee, cat lover, mother of an actor, adopted auntie to hundreds. Spreading love (and literacy), one day at a time.
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