I’m writing a lot in this newsletter about the Dream
. It’s the one pushed on many of us by modern society.
The short version -
Go to school, get good grades.
Get a job that pays well, so you can …
…accumulate the objects the Dream Pushers
market and society agrees prove you’ve “made it”.
You won’t be happy at your work, but that’s OK.
Just keep pushing and consuming…
…numb yourself against unhappiness along the way if you need to. The Dream Pushers will sell you plenty of supplies to do that too.
This article from CNN
about returning to work from vacation caught my attention recently. I experienced it as a clear and sad example
of mass media pushing the Dream concept.
The stark contrast of the joy and freedom of family and friend time with the drudgery of answering a zillion work emails, can be hard on your emotional well-being,
There is a real sense of loss that comes with this transition period that makes us all a little sad…
Ummm, no kidding?
So what’s the solution?
Book another vacation.
Ease back into work.
You can also try to add some variety into your worklife.
Don’t dwell. Know that something you enjoyed has come to an end, but make peace with it and know it will come back again. Resist feeling sorry for yourself.
Reflect. Think about what you liked about your break and bring an element of it to your work.
And do connect. People who are blue tend toward withdrawal.
(Ok, I do agree with the last one 😊)
What’s conspicuously missing?
Taking a step back and wondering why we accept this cycle as normal.
Why do we accept this cycle as normal? Why do we treat the Dream as unquestionable?
Let me know by replying directly to this email. I answer every reply.
Catch you next week, with gratitude,