I had a moment of impulse this week. I suddenly emailed the staff person for a committee that I co-chair I was quitting the committee. After thinking about what I had done I followed up by saying I was tired of the work I had been doing and was burnt out.
After doing this I stayed home and waited until my significant other, who is also on the committee, returned home. She told me that people were disappointed by my decision, even heartbroken, it seemed. They were hoping I would return. It was very touching and indeed I get a lot of positive reinforcement from my work on the committee. I am at the point where I would like to pick and choose how I spend my time: is it in work that makes me feel good? Is it doing something because somebody tells me I must? Am I doing something just to pay the bills? How would people react if you weren’t there for whatever reason? How would it affect your decisions?