Write Brain exercise #1

Okay – here we go, exercise number one in The Write Brain book:
The Circle Game One:
Circle the one word that most appeals to you:

  • Alabama
  • Banister
  • Carousel
  • Diesel
  • Exorcist

Circle another word that appeals to you:

  • Flatulence
  • Garage
  • Harried
  • Insensitive
  • Jambalaya

Circle another word that appeals to you:

  • Keepsake
  • Lamb
  • Massage
  • Nonsense
  • Oriole

Use these three words in a story.  Start with: Sometimes I feel just like a gerbil, running around and around on his wheel!

Sometimes I feel just like a gerbil, running around and around on his wheel!  The never ending carousel of work is crazy all the time.  Calls with our international European partners beginning at the crack of dawn and going late into the evening with our Asian partners, leave very little time for personal time catch up. Paperwork piling up all the while, that has to be managed before the week’s end. As these intense workdays come to a close one barely has the energy to grab a bite to eat before falling asleep with some mindless Law and Order repeat droning on in the background around midnight or a little after.

Often our team is putting in time over the weekends as well.  With the week days filled with calls and management of the financial business hours around the world, the weekends are where we all ‘catch up’ on email, meetings with our US colleagues, and general paperwork.  Breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner are brought in, to make giving up our weekends more palatable.

While this sort of “back breaking” white collar work may seem insensitive to some who have a normal 8-5 job and family and heck life obligations that take precedence in their life, the frenetic pace of this job works for those of us who chose this career.  The take home pay for most of us in this career far exceeds the average or even upper average salary in most first world countries, allowing most of us to retire before we hit 40 years old.  The pay we amass in the roughly 15 years in this career allow us to retire and live the ‘good life’ for the latter half of our lifetime.  Several of my colleagues have chosen to go on to take rewarding, but less hectic second voluntary careers as educators, writers, philanthropists, while some of us have just decided to take it easy, start families and/or get a massage a week.

Having been at this for 10 years, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and that tropical beach calling to me.   Rolling over and looking at the fuzzy numbers on the alarm clock reading out 4am, I know I need to get up and get back on that wheel and start running for another day.

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