One evening I wrote to John and I guess I was expressing my frustrations with not having enough time as I had a briefcase full of work to do that evening. Jaymac, in his wisdom, sent me back the following funny but inspirational poem:
Briefcase with an Engine Poet: John McLeod
Fit your briefcase with an engine Go skateboarding in the sun Loop the loop, do aerobatics, Laugh a lot and have great fun!
'Cook a snook' at paper empires Save a forest, every tree And remember, above all, To do it happily!
It reminded me life is too short to let work frustrate me. Reading John's words of wisdom helped relieve my stress as I found myself smiling when I finished reading the poem. And, smiling and laughing is a great stress reliever!
Many times during my career I let my work control my life. Looking back at the times where I allowed my work to create stress and frustration in my life I now realize what I thought was important really was not. I am not say
I own a big fat cat- The fattest for miles around. Wherever there's lots of food, That's where he'll be found.
He's really good at eating. It's a talent, I suppose. I'm sure if he keeps at it He'd win the talent shows.
I own a big fat cat- He weighs at least a ton. He couldn't run to save his life. Yes, he isn't much fun.
His favourite room's the kitchen. (I'm sure we all know why.) He eats just about everything, So that's why, with a sigh...
I'd like to tell you, Teacher, I'd like to tell you straight, I might have "accidentally" dropped My homework in his plate.