Slowdown Friday: Are Energy Drinks the Answer?

There are few things more unpleasant than a trip to your local Department of Motor Vehicles.  The lines, poor lighting, anxiety, cost and frustration all add up to an experience that you'd rather forget.  My visit yesterday to the DMV was surprisingly "ok" and only took an hour.  For those who work there, it's another story altogether.

I watched as a bored policeman texted on his cell phone while the lady next to him adjusted her iPod to pass the time.  I also noticed plenty of Red Bull's and energy drinks scattered around the place, perhaps riding the wave of popularity of similar beverages.  Not exactly a pick-me-up.  What to do?

I first tried to encourage those folks at the counters that I had to visit.  I then used my 7 month old as a prop for some humor.  The other kids got a few laughs too but all in all, I couldn't make much of a dent in the overall mood of the place nor could I imagine spending my own career in such a location.

For today's Slowdown Friday, it's worth considering the types of things that you're tolerating at work.  Whether it's a broken washing machine at home or a chair that kills your back at work, why not take action that's wholesome and will endure.  You can either address the issue that's bugging you or you could:

  • Call a friend and catch up on what's going on in her life (focus on others)

  • Do something truly kind for someone in need (focus on compassion)

  • Work in the yard or a project that needs attention (focus on progress)

  • Take a walk and think about your life and the next 48 hours (focus on spirituality)

Just tapping into one of these four focuses could have more effect than one can of Red Bull, not to mention that each is nearly free.

Portable Wisdom
"It is important from time to time to slow down, to go away by yourself, and simply be."  Eileen Caddy