A NEED FOR REST: Why I’m Taking One Day A Week Off From The Internet

 

One of the two tools of my work; been that way for the past nine years. Photo courtesy of Isk.me

 

THE SHORT ANSWER TO THIS…

Avoiding Burnout.

This past Sunday I decided to do something that I don’t remember doing for quite a while:

Spend a day without going online.

Being completely internet-free.

Taking the day off, as because of my duties running my sports fan blog  (here’s the link for you to check it out), http://www.SoCalSportsAnnals.Wordpress.com,

As well as following various games on the blog’s Twitter page and keeping it’s Facebook page current,

As someone with Asperger’s Syndrome whose mental being is very important to me, it was wearing me down.

So I took the day off and rather enjoyed it, doing virtually nothing for the bulk of the day.

And from now on will make it a point to take one day off from the Internet a week – Sunday in my case as that’s the best day for me to do so.

 

As much as I enjoy my work, blogging and writing my book on one of these things, this picture illustrates my feelings quite well. Photo courtesy of wittyfeed.com

 

 

I reckon most folks will think, “Big Deal! People take days off all the time!” and not consider this blog entry of mine something worth paying attention to.

But I think this ought to serve as a friendly tip for those who feel that they are working too hard and are sensing a dread of doing whatever their regular duties are.

After my restful Sunday, without any intentions to preach or telling folks what to do I’m convinced once and for all that people need to take one day off a week.

God certainly knew what he was doing when after creating the world, “On the seventh day He (God) ended his work which he had made, and He rested on the seventh day from all his work which He had made.” – Genesis, 2:2

SoCal Sports Annals’ Twitter and Facebook pages – where I’m usually on – can wait until Monday.

Taking Sundays off will be good for my mental and emotional well-being.

And if you can, though it doesn’t have to be on a Sunday, I hope you are able to take one day off from your work to completely rest.

Do nothing.

Be lazy, if you want to be honest.

Your mental health will appreciate it.

 

 

The other main tool of my trade; I’m on one of these up to five hours a day/night, hence my need for a day off per week. Photo courtesy of tablet-news.com

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MORE IMAGES THAT SOOTH ME: Springtime Scenes

The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. Photo courtesy of dreamstime.com

 

A few months ago, I posted photos on this site depicting winter scenes that give me a good feeling, photos that lessen any anxieties I have due to my being on the Autism Spectrum (Asperger’s Syndrome to be precise).

As Spring is my favorite season – not too warm, new bright green leaves budding that looks nice – I wanted to post scenes of Spring that, when I’m experiencing any negative feelings or having a bad day,

Makes me feel better, even though as much as I wish I were at these places I’m unable to.

It’s my way of getting back to nature.

Hope these pics give you a good feeling, too…

 

 

Photo courtesy of lovesphotoalbum.com

 

This is a really good image, the leaves growing on the trees and the cows grazing on the grass.

It reminds me of when I was eight years old and living in the country; I had two calves that I had fun taking care of.

 

 

Photo courtesy of beautyscenery.com

 

I’ve always liked wide open spaces like this, particularly since I live in the vicinity of the nation’s second largest city where it oftentimes feels so cramped and crowded.

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of freebestwallpapers.blogspot.com

 

A classic springtime image: brightly colored flowers blooming among bright green grass in a meadow.

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of keyword-suggestions.com

 

Love these budding leaves on these trees in Switzerland…

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of lifeseasons.getitguru.it

 

Check out these wildflowers with the spectacular mountain range in the background!

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of wallpaperfx.com

 

I SO wish I was at this place; it’s more or less perfect with the forest, mountains and trees bathed in all that green and blue (the sky, that is).

I guess I’m a nature person at heart.

Perhaps I’ll get to see places like these someday soon…

 

 

BEGINNING THE HOME STRETCH: The Latest Update on “WALKING ON EGGSHELLS”

I’ve often felt like this little girl not only as a kid, but also in my adult life and sometimes even today due to having Asperger’s. Photo courtesy of myaspergerschild.com

 

HOW THINGS ARE GOING AS I BEGIN MY FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR SELF-PUBLICATION OF MY BOOK DESCRIBING MY LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM IN THE NON-AUTISTIC WORLD

 

To put it precisely, it’s coming along fairly well.

Since the new year began I’ve been making final edits, corrections and rewrites of my book, WALKING ON EGGSHELLS, making sure that everything is as good as I can possibly make it before I go to the self-publication sites.

Out of the ten chapters I have written, I have printed five, meaning that half of the book is, in my eyes, as ready for (self) publishing as I can make it as this is the fourth edit of this tome.

I’ve been trying to cut things, looking at different paragraphs, passages and sentences that are too wordy; things that are not needed to get my point across along with the inevitable typos and misspellings that are common with every writer.

Basically my mind-set in this process is,  “How can I make this better?”

As evidenced by the fact that I’ve done five chapters so far and am currently final editing Chapter Six, things are moving along.

My target date for WALKING ON EGGSHELLS being finished and published remains between June 1st and my 50th birthday in mid-June.

 

This, I’ve felt, describes me too, especially during my high school days; check out those other two girls (no doubt) talking crap about her. Photo courtesy of activebeat.com

 

In order to accomplish that, however, I need to keep going on the editing and printing, which will take a while as the manuscript is well over 300 pages – though it will be considerably fewer in book form; this is not WAR AND PEACE I’m writing here, nor do I want my book to be.

After all the editing and rewriting, though I know it won’t be perfect by any means, and I’m not expecting it to be any kind of big seller in the slightest, I have to say that I’m as satisfied as a first-time writer can be.

My current goal for this particular week is to have Chapter Six – which is the second part of my mostly bad times as a high school student with Asperger’s and my struggles with that in a traditional school as I had so many traumatic memories of those days, I had to split them into two large chapters – finished and printed.

And perhaps Chapter Seven, which describes my pathetic history concerning matters of the heart, focusing on one member of the opposite sex in particular, as well.

The Bottom Line: Things are coming together.

I hope they continue to.

And I really hope that people will want to read this book of mine when it’s done.

Goodness knows I’ve worked quite hard on it.

 

No pair of statements can be truer, particularly the first one in my case. Image courtesy of pinterest.com

 

How To Tell Legitimate Soliciting Charities From Scams Outside of Supermarkets

 

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Not the particular Ralphs in my neighborhood, but I have encountered many a pushy solicitor at the one I go to. Photo courtesy of immovingtola.com

 

DEALING WITH PUSHY SOLICITORS OUTSIDE OF SUPERMARKET DOORS AND PARKING LOTS

 

I’m sure everyone has encountered them.

You need some bread, chicken, juice, veggies, or whatever, so you get going to your local Ralphs, or Pavilions, or Sprouts, or Trader Joe’s.

You get what you need, go through the checkout line, and as you cross the automatic doors someone sitting at some table says something along the lines of:

“Would you donate to (whatever charity they’re part of) to help the (whoever they’re supposedly helping)…”

And sometimes in the parking lot, as you’re putting your stuff in your car, some teenage boy – they’re almost always teenage boys – comes up to you with a box of candy, chips, and other junk food and does the pushy salesman thing; one time, after I had told a young man I how I don’t buy candy, he went on this spiel about how I could buy it for my friends and how he was raising money for some field trip.

I know it sounds harsh, and I have nothing against anyone trying to raise money to do some good, but…

Even though I have donated to some of those companies, I get irritated by most of the folks trying to get me to buy or donate to whatever charity they’re working for, because when I’m shopping for food I’m trying to handle my business and go, and I don’t have time for anything else.

I’m just being honest.

There are two big exceptions to this personal sentiment, however:

 

 

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I can’t count how many boxes of cookies I have bought from this organization over the years. Photo courtesy of alpenhornnews.com

 

 

1. The Girl Scouts

It should go without saying that I love their cookies, namely the Tagalongs (the chocolate ones with the peanut butter inside) and the new S’mores. Plus I’ve been buying them for over 25 years; I remember as an elementary school P.E. teacher girls arguing over who will get to sell me their cookies.

2. The Salvation Army

Every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, whenever I see that red bucket and those bell-ringers, I’ve always put in at least a dollar; I think I donated a total of around $10 this past holiday season.

 

The thing that these organizations have in common, that have led me to donating to them on a regular basis for years?

THEY HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR AT LEAST A HUNDRED YEARS; 105 in the Girl Scouts’ case (they started in 1912), and as for the Salvation Army, they first organized in 1865!

I once joked with one of those bell ringers that when the Salvation Army began, the Civil War had just ended and the 13th Amendment, which officially ended slavery, had just passed!

 

Here’s my point:

I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me a charitable organization needs to have been around for a significant length of time –  70 years at minimum – and be well-known in America and abroad, to the tune of commercials, major websites, and the like.

The Girl Scouts, the Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries, and numerous other charities fit those requirements quite well.

However…

There are many other charities that don’t.

I always get very suspicious if whoever is bothering me for a purchase or a donation has no website, like those kids selling candy in my supermarket’s parking lot when I asked them for the name of theirs, or if their website’s a shoddy one, or if they have only been around for a few years.

One particular charity that was VERY aggressive and pushy in my area for a couple of years – I won’t mention their name – not only had a questionable website when I checked them out,

Not only had bad things said about them when I looked them up in the Better Business Bureau,

But they were apparently shut down as I noticed that they hadn’t been outside of my supermarket, or any others in my area, for a while.

That is a clear sign of a scam.

 

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An organization that’s definitely NOT a scam, one which I’m always glad to give my money to. Photo courtesy of inthesetimes.com

 

 

Another scam that I read about on my town’s Facebook page was when teens would go door to door asking for donations for their high school sports teams, which the high school had said is not their policy.

One guy posted that he would always ask the name of their coach, and the kid would never know.

That’s when you know it’s a scam.

I would also ask what their win-loss record was, and then go on my Kindle to verify that.

 

Summing Up:

Always check out any charity that you’ve never heard of  who approaches you – often in an aggressive fashion – and asks for money.

Ask them for their website, address and phone numbers.

If they don’t have a site, or if their address is a P.O. box rather than a real brick and mortar building, or if their phone number is not in service,

Or if they are really pushy in their soliciting,

Then one word describes them:

SCAM.

The Bottom Line:  Be careful who you give your hard-earned money to.

 

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Another supermarket chain where I have seen pushy solicitors who are apparent scammers; there’s one of these around the corner from where I live. Photo courtesy of immovingtola.com