June, for those of us in the Microsoft circles, is the most stressful month. It’s their year-end and there’s a lot of pressure to close as many contracts as possible.
Today kicked the month off for me with a multi-million-dollar deal that I needed to get purchase orders for. As of 2:00, they hadn’t come in and I had a doctor’s appointment to follow-up on my blood pressure levels. Needless to say, the numbers were high at around 160/88. Perfect timing.
Granted, the bells weren’t going off, but they were still high. Our doctor fished a little about my diet (always good of course… phsssshh), my work stress level, and home life. Even though the weight has come down, the blood pressure stayed high.
Of course, when I got home, the purchase orders came in and my blood pressure came back down. Go figure. Then, it was off to Walmart to get the prescription to help lower the numbers but, our neighborhood Walmart being like it is, the numbers went right back up and probably higher!
I’m just curious, who made getting older so much fun? I mean, you just can’t beat the swelling joints, fatigue, memory lapses, and, now, higher blood pressure. There must be some kind of genetic marker that says, ‘Warning! You are now over 50. No need to start packing yet, but, It is now time for you to begin the gradual journey toward the grave’…
One of the shows we loved to watch growing up in the 70s was, “All in the Family’. In today’s world, it would never see air time in prime-time. Then, it was beloved and watched by millions. Archie had some serious anger issues and everyone around him knew it (and felt it).
What I liked about the show was that he said what was on his mind; even if it was as politically incorrect as possible. He loved his family. He was a bear on the outside and a marshmallow on the inside.
I found a funny clip below of Archie dealing with a consultation similar to mine today. He handled it MUCH differently of course!
Pressure, stress, diet, age, and heredity all add up over time. What it all tells me is I need to double my efforts on the walking, keep the diet going, and RELAX!!
It’s time for a vacation from my stress(s). Much like one of my favorite movies, “What About Bob”, and how his doctor used pop-psychology to help Bob with his stress by ‘taking a vacation from his problems’. I’ll leave you with a clip from of that scene. I laugh every time I see this movie...
Love always friends,