How to Never Lose Your Job

Every now and then I have one of those philosophical moments. The world goes away, my mind is peaceful, and I can just think.

That’s exactly what happened when I wrote my latest guest post for Itty Biz. Read about a realization I had on job security…

… and how that realization might affect your life, too.

Comment there. Then come back and comment here. (Did you expect any less? I’m the Comment King, after all…or so says Naomi.)

Why do I want you back here? Because last night I had another philosophical moment.

The moon shone like silver on glittering, fresh snow and the air of the forest barely breathed. I stood there in the bitter, biting cold, thinking about how complicated the world has become, and how I never wanted any of this.

Devices, technology… I love it all, but when I’ve had enough, all I want is a place where I can breathe, where everything is still.

So tell me: Where do you go when you need to recharge?


For those who are interested, the photo is from an ice fishing expedition of winter 2007.

Post by James Chartrand

James Chartrand is an expert copywriter and the owner of Men with Pens and Damn Fine Words, the game-changing writing course for business owners. She loves the color blue, her kids, Nike sneakers and ice skating.

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  1. Brett Legree says:

    James – I haven’t commented over at Naomi’s place (yet), I felt I wanted to comment here first – but this is sort of related to your piece over there. I read it this morning when I got into work, and it made me think – right now I’m in the midst of working hard to walk away from “work” in the traditional sense.

    Where do I go when I need to recharge? Well – I go home, with my family. My wife and I had a long discussion recently as she was taking a new full time job and was concerned about our children, and how they would feel. I said to her that was one of the main reasons I wanted to work from home – in addition to being in control of my destiny to a greater degree.

    I think sometimes “we” (our society) have gone too far away from the home, from the family. I remember years ago seeing a farmer tending his field, late in the day with the sun shining on him. I would have switched places with him in a heartbeat.

    I recounted that story to my wife, and said that if you think about it, just three generations ago, perhaps the majority of people would have had their children alongside them during the day – if you were a farmer, or a cabinet maker, or something.

    I may be oversimplifying, but it is nice to dream.

  2. The family home is a huge, 16-room, high-ceilinged place on 36 acres of land. Each time I go to visit, I want to stay. My mum says, “There’s nothing for you here! Go to the city! Go out West! This is out in the middle of nowhere, there’s no civilization out here!”

    And I look out at the land and the trees and that big, beautiful house and I think, “But this is all I ever wanted.”

    “…seeing a farmer tending his field, late in the day with the sun shining on him. I would have switched places with him in a heartbeat.” That was beautiful. Short, simple – and from the heart.

  3. Ah, I like going into my room with a glass of OJ, sitting on my bed, and looking at my book collection — a small library now. Then I usually hop on my computer and surf blogs on blogging. I have weird hobbies. 😉

    I added you to my feedreader and bookmarked you. Great blog. I saw your post over at copyblogger.

  4. @Shaun: Welcome to the blog and thanks for subscribing. OJ, blogging, and books? Nothing weird about that at all. If it helps you recharge, that’s all that matters.

  5. Brett Legree says:

    @ James – thank you. May I repay the compliment – “But this is all I ever wanted”, I think, sums it up for a lot of people, directly and with a lot of feeling.

    I can still see that farmer clearly, in my mind’s eye. I can feel the warmth of the sun shining through my car windows. That is all I ever wanted. All of this, stuff, that surrounds us, at the end of it all, is just so meaningless, so empty. The promise of commercialism can be an empty one for many.

  6. How do I recharge?

    I involve myself in activities that have nothing to do with the technology required to do my job. I read. I play guitar. I recently got back into drawing. Watching movies is a great.

    But what really does it for me is to just stop and breathe…meditate if you will. In the stillness I am able to rebalance myself. In the stillness I am able to fully appreciate what I have. In the stillness I recharge.

  7. James,

    To recharge, my daughter and I drive to Hampton, New York, in the Green Mountains, right on the Vermont border. My parents live there and it is ultra-peaceful. The images you conjured up could easily be from that region. It’s a fabulous battery-recharger, miles and miles from my troubles. If you live there day in and day out, I suspect it doesn’t recharge the batteries quite as well…. When I’ve tired of the heat and the congestion where I live, it’s perfect. Note to city-folks: They seem to have more stars out there in “nowhere.” Perfect for a midnight stroll.

    (You can read more about the area here.)



  8. Hmm . . . where do I go when I need to recharge? The sad thing is, I actually have to think about it. I honestly don’t have a place. I know where I would go if I could, but because of work and family I never really get to go.

    As funny as it might sound, I think what recharges my batteries is thinking of creative ideas and then going with them. Like maybe thinking about a new creative way to buy and sell real estate or coming up with a new topic to write about in my blog that gets me excited.

  9. @ Kelly – Cityscapes are terrible. I remember the first time that I realized there are no stars visible from the city streets. I nearly cried. (One reason I don’t live in the city.) I’ve been known to stop the car in the middle of nowhere and make everyone get out to stand there on the side of the road looking up at the stars.

    A couple of years ago, I had an apartment downtown (well, what we call a downtown) with a porch on the second floor. If I leaned over the railing while standing at the right-hand corner and twisted my body, I could almost – almost – see more of the stars than the palm of my hand.

    One of the first things I checked on when I moved was whether I could see the night sky clearly.

  10. I misread the “where” did I go to recharge… doh! I guess the silence can be a where.. but if we are looking for a specific location then…

    Luck would have it that I live 5 minutes (driving) from work. So home and work are almost the same. To get away I like to drive north to Sedona AZ. In the red rock I feel the pressures of the world melt away as I dine on great food and drink good wine.

  11. @ The Murr – lol… Where, when, how… it’s all good :)

  12. @Murr: there must be something magical about red rocks. My favorite places to go out here in Vegas is the Valley of Fire or up to Red Rock. The landscape is amazing and I always feel refreshed after riding through it. Nothing like a 100 mile day on the bike to wash away the stress.

  13. I love going backpacking. I can get to places that most people don’t go because it’s “too much work.” It is so quiet when there are no cars, few people… peaceful. And campgrounds are always near water, so there are those relaxing sounds, too. The 3 mile rule: you’ll hardly see anyone 3 miles in on the trail (unless it’s a really popular spot!).

    I usually have to plan these trips, though, so when things get really overwhelming, yoga is my release! I love stretching and the deep breathing is very cleansing :)

    Been subscribed to your blog since James commented over on Dawud Miracle’s blog, and really love your content, guys! It’s so easy to read and very engrossing (much to the neglect of the other work I need to be doing).

  14. @Lauren: Thanks for the kind words. Where’s the best place you’ve ever gone backpacking?

  15. I think Pear Lake (Sequoia Nat’l Park, CA, USA) has been my favorite so far, but it was more crowded than I would’ve liked and the altitude was painful, but those mountain lakes, oh! So gorgeous! We’ve also done San Gorgonio (tallest peak in So Cal) via the Dry Lake trail. Do like backpacking?

  16. I’m not much of a backpacker. I used to bicycle a lot. Did a 100 ride through Tahoe a few years back that was spectacular. I’d like to go back and do that same route on the motorcycle one day. I’d like to get to Sequoia one year too. Had the chance to do that as part of a ride which would have started here in Vegas, went up to Glacier Nat’l park, through western Canada and down the Pacific Coast Highway, but I had to pass on it because at the time I was being a good worker bee where I was employed. Now I think I should have stuck to my plans and gone on the road trip.

  17. I need to get back into cross-country skiing. I used to race, way back, and it was a yearly winter sport for most of my life. Talk of backpacking and bicycling reminded me of how much I loved racing through the woods or taking breaks in the hushed silence. Haven’t been in a couple of years (very young children and long skis don’t mix).

  18. I’ve tried cross-country and down hill skiing. Can’t say I really care for them. Being a California girl 100% I’m not terribly fond of being out in the cold for so long!

  19. I’d probably melt if I went to CA :)

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