Understanding Pressure from a New Perspective

Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long.

—Ogden Nash

“I’m buried in work,” bemoans my friend Ben, an attorney specializing in elderly issues.

“I’m glad you’re making money,” I say. “Living in Marin County, California, with a wife and two preteen daughters, you had better be bringing in the big bucks,” I tease.

“Yeah, I’m doing okay,” he halfheartedly agrees. A long pause ensues.

“Are you?” I ask gently. “Many people in business tell me that they’re buried in their work. That’s scary. ‘Buried’ is such a negative image, an inability to breathe, compression, and contraction. And the images ‘stretched thin’ conjures up aren’t pretty either.”

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