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Red Light, Green Light – Time for a Change?

By Guest Blogger, Betsey Brogan.

Why is it so difficult for me to give myself a break?

I hope it’s not going to take my whole life until I learn the importance of rest. How ironic! But sometimes it certainly feels that way.

If I go on vacation, change my location, turn off all connections to the world, then I can take a break. But what if I need to do this right here at home? There always seems to be something that has to be done, someone I need to call, something that must be crossed off the list.

One lesson I learned while I attended massage school was that pain is the body’s way of communicating to us that something is out of balance. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome may be the body’s way of telling you that you are working too many hours, or that you may to rethink your ergonomics at your workplace. The pain in your wrist may be your body’s way of telling you that something needs to change.

From Wikipedia, we learn that homeostasis (from Greek: homoios, “similar”; and histēmi, “standing still”;) is the property of a system that regulates its internal environment and tends to maintain a stable, constant condition. When our bodies are out of homeostasis, they start to communicate to us this need for change.

When systems are out of balance, things begin to break down.

We all know the importance of eating right, getting plenty of rest and exercise. But when we slack on any of these self-maintenance habits, our bodies don’t work at their best. And we get uncomfortable, cranky, and/or sick.

It really is true that the world will go on without us. Things that need to get done will get done. Therefore, it’s essential that we learn to listen to our bodies when they tell us to stop.

It quite literally is a life lesson.

I don’t know about you, but the next time my body tells me to slow down, I am going to listen.

What a lifesaver!

Note: This post originally appeared on True Voices’ RiskADay blog project, which has now concluded.

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Game Change

By Carolyn Cook

I’m going to take a big risk this fall, and change my career from performing to teaching. I might do this for three months, and I might keep doing it longer, depending on how it works out.

I’m going to teach classes and coach students in my field, acting. I hope it will be deeply rewarding to explore my craft in a new way. But I really don’t know what’s going to happen. Right now, all I know is that I want more freedom to create my own work schedule, so that I can savor my daughter’s teen years, my mother’s final years, my marriage, and my own personal growth.

I don’t want to miss the opportunity to know my child before she grows up and leaves us.  I want to have adventures with her.  I want to get out of her way and let her have adventures on her own.  I want to be there when she needs me, and leave her alone when she doesn’t.

I don’t want to squeeze my mother into my busy schedule. I want to treasure her while she can still be present with us, before her mind completely slips away. Who knows how long that will be?

And I don’t want to lose touch with my husband, whom I literally do not see for days on end when I’m doing a show. Our schedules are so different that he’s asleep before I get home at night and gone before I get up in the morning.

I know that these are all great reasons to make a change. I can hear you saying, “This isn’t a risk, honey, it’s a no-brainer.” Well, maybe. But I also know that I feed on the intellectual challenge, powetic power, physical craft, and communal experience of the theatre. I can’t expect any of the people I love to feed me the way theatre does.  If I shift my work to spend time with my loved ones, I risk asking too much of them and souring our relationships.

So it’s scary, this decision to do something different for a while. I’m afraid I’ll miss the stimulation of acting. I’m afraid I won’t be very good at teaching. More than anything, I’m afraid I’ll butt heads with someone I love and do more harm than good.  But I’m taking the risk. Something deep inside is calling me to change my game.

This post first appeared on my Risk-A-Day blog.

  is a sometimes peaceful, sometimes frazzled individual who works to raise a daughter, build a marriage, and explore the human condition through theatre, art, music, history, literature, and relationship.

Lean In or Lean Back?

Which is right for you? Take a look at this HuffPost video and decide for yourself.

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Can’t wait to hear what you think!