On those days when the “meniscus of whelm” is about to break and the more than filled glass of your life is about to breach the carefully structured tension that holds you together, stop, step back and look at what you do from the viewpoint of an outsider. “What am I doing to move forward?” “Wait a minute, where am I going?” “Where am I anyway?” (The tagline on my mobile phone, it always gets a smile.)
Chances are, if you are on a board of a membership organization you are not even getting paid to deal with this stress, so at times it can be even more stressful than your job. So when the song you cannot get out of your head begins to sound like “Once in a Lifetime” (Talking Heads)…
“You may ask yourself, what is that beautiful house?
You may ask yourself, where does that highway lead to?
You may ask yourself, am I right, am I wrong?
You may say to yourself, my god, what have I done?”
…take some time to talk with your peers. Take in a seminar or a workshop on a topic of interest. There are other points of view out there.