They say there is good pressure and bad,
but this kind of pressure just makes me sad.
I know jobs are at risk and life is on the line
it is difficult to see the good in it this time.

The stress that I speak of can lock you in a cage
this kind of pressure can only make you age.
Your heart races fast…you can feel your heart wither
Thoughts all colliding make your soul shiver.

New words of redundancy, reengineer, retrench
bounce around in my brain
If I hear one more word its for the common good I will go insane.
No good ever comes from taking peoples jobs:
just broken dreams, shattered homes that rupture the fabric of our society.

In times of distress of economic struggle
Business need to be innovative and learn how to huddle.
New ideas…fresh ways of seeing, small sacrifices,
collaboration so that all can benefit.
Instead of turning toxic and managing some out or retrenching
leaving those that are left behind overloaded, marching towards burnout.

I witness each day the underbelly of this recession as
my classes swell from 10 to 27.
I had a nightmare my classes grew to 100
woke myself up…the insanity couldn’t go on.
What once were lessons of job skills and self marketing
now becomes group psychology…therapy…
where attitudes and hearts need to be attended to
enabling people to find new ways of seeing and being.

As we head deeper into the cave of recession
all my candidates feel is dismay and depression.
When companies downsize
the ones left behind just suffer.
With one person doing the job of four
and the managers over head begging for more.

Corporations cry out take heed we must re-engineer!
Create new workers for new times are here.
They create a new language of empowerment, teamwork, responsibility,
they ask the new workers to bring their heart, their souls to work
but say that they must be willing to be let go if no longer needed.

Words of loyalty, commitment, security are scorned,
while flexible, adaptable, portfolio are spawned.
We must now become portfolio workers to survive
Reflecting on our skills, our talents,
selling our points verified, measured and demonstrated.
And then and only then will we have a competitive edge.
This all counts when you can go up against 2,500 people for one job!

All I want to write about is kindness and love
but when I am showered by stress from the powers above,
anxiety knocks at my door and smashes my peace
my imagination stretches and struggles to find relief.

Sleep that was once sound is now jagged and broken
Peace that was once a natural state of being
is just a memory in the past…a token.
As my mind screams to be still
for a place to find sanctuary from this confusion.

With two days before the tender result are released
With two days before the audit
I fear that our office is now under scrutiny
Under attack, the earth tremors, the flames burn
Will it exist in the future? I suspect it will not.

Anxiety knocks at my door
Sitting in the traffic as the sleek cars try out for Grand Prix
In my blue Vectra…the incessant sound makes me
want to disappear through the floor.
The weekend has arrived and I will be free
But I fear this weekend…free is just a dream.

I was right.

Still I seek for reprieve inside my art
I look for happiness inside my heart
I struggle to escape the wicked tentacles
of anxiety that wraps around my mind
Making my soul bleed with sadness for
human kind…

…and I can hear my soul whisper
It is time for a Revolution of Kindness.

Anthea Slade 29-3-09

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Stressed featured in Core (C.O.R.E) Group on the 31-3-09.

Stressed written on the 29-3-09.

Thank you my beautiful RedBubble Friends for your compassion and wonderful comments on Stressed. I appreciate your support so much.

Creating art and writing is like breathing to me, it keeps me alive. If I stop creating my world shrinks and contracts. When I start to create again it expands and is filled with colour. I feel whole. To create is to be completely, unabashedly alive.

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  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadalmost 6 years ago

    It is about time someone spoke of what we all are feeling right now, anxiety…

  • Thanks so much Mark for understanding the feeling behind my words…I felt haunted by this feeling and had to write these words…

    – Anthea Slade

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsalmost 6 years ago

    the weekend is here, time to forget fear
    switch off the brain, your powers will only drain
    enjoy yourself and live, Monday will again be time to give
    now is the time for you, so don’t be blue
    shut the office door, bolt it tight, turn around and walk away,
    the stress and the candidates will still be there another day

    sometimes Anthea, heartless though it may seem there has to be a time when the rest of the world can go jump, YOU are more important to yourself than anyone else in the world, and if you don’t take care of yourself you will regret it, so turn off the world of work, and turn on to you for the weekend

    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

  • Oh thank you Kriss for your beautiful poem…the funny thing was after I wrote Stressed I could finally move into a more peaceful state and could actually draw A Knowing that…

    Usually my art is enough for me to switch off and enjoy the beauty of the weekend…this time my feelings of anxiety overwhelmed me and took over…I appreciate so much your care and your perspective on things and you are right. Thank you so much also for the funny images:):):):)

    – Anthea Slade

  • Vasile Stan
    Vasile Stanalmost 6 years ago

    Got at my computer for just a couple of minute and found your heart crying… i know there’s no consolation, but what you describe is the name of the game also here, across the ocean. What you go through, many people, including myself, go through. What’s the solution? Train the bastards at the top, that business is not only about money for them… Bring them to one of the classes to sit down and take heed. I know that won’t work: where there’s no heart and soul, you can graft none.

  • Yes Vasile my heart was crying…and also a few physical tears scudded down my cheek when I read your beautiful words…it is like you were describing what I was feeling and what you are also experiencing on the otherside of the world. I like your idea of bringing those at the top and who are creating this mayhem into my training classes and get them to see and hear what is the underbelly of their actions…sometimes I feel so angry and other times I just feel so sad. But you are right you need to have heart and soul to have compassion for others. Thank you so much for your beautiful compassion Vasile and for understanding…last week was such a rough week and your words were salve to my soul.

    – Anthea Slade

  • S .
    S .almost 6 years ago

    very real to have this kind of stress these days, unfortunately
    stay strong and keep up ur art
    much love

  • Yes you are so right my friend Shoaib…this kind of stress and anxiety is very real. I see it in my candidates everyday and I try and help them see life through new lenses but sometimes my heart bleeds for what people go through.

    Yes my heart is what gives me great joy and keeps me balance.
    Thank you so much for your beautiful words. I truly appreciate what you have written.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Astoreth
    Astorethalmost 6 years ago

    i hope you find PEACE and stress release in your art Anthea….times are very tough and sometimes we don’t know which way to turn. love and kisses to you!! xxxx

  • Thank you so much Jane for your very kind words…writing Stressed did provide some release from the emotional pain I felt and yes these are very tough and rough times and working with people who are suffering each day sometimes makes me feel vulnerable. I always have to be so strong when I present because I am trying to help them bring about change in life and work. I appreciate your words so very much. With love Anthea xx

    – Anthea Slade

  • lessmutzart
    lessmutzartalmost 6 years ago

    I think this stress comes more from “powers below” than those from above. Good words, Anthea…I am one of the victims, too…downsized out. I hope you are a survivor!!

  • I understand what you mean by the stress coming from the ‘powers below’ ha yes. I am so sorry to hear that you went through a company that downsized. I still do not know the outcome of my situation but I am preparing for all possibilities. The crazy thing is that most companies who downsize and cut staff…usually go under and out of business…where those that hold onto their staff and treat them with respect survive and often thrive when the difficult times have passed. I have done quite a lot of study on this subject and feel passionate about this. I really appreciate your wonderful words…yesterday was a really vulnerable day for me.

    – Anthea Slade

  • bev langby
    bev langbyalmost 6 years ago

    Anthea your words are so heartfilled and so necessary , i can see u are in pain,,,,,,,,,,,im sending the biggest hug sweetie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Oh thank you my dear friend Bev for your kindness and compassion yesterday. Your beautiful hug did wonders for me…it was a tough week and a very overwhelming day yesterday. I truly appreciate your wonderful friendship so very much. xxxxx

    – Anthea Slade

  • Lior Goldenberg
    Lior Goldenbergalmost 6 years ago

    I know exactly how do you feel Anthea. We face the same situation here… everyday struggle, foggy future…… Art is my escape.

  • Yes Art is my escape too Lior my friend…I am so sorry to hear that things are also tough and a struggle for you too. This recession seems to be a worldwide and impacting many people on such a deep level. Thank you so much for your kindness Lior I truly appreciate your words very much.

    – Anthea Slade

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonalmost 6 years ago
    Dear Anthea.You and you alone cannot bear the worlds problems on your shoulder’s.This recession started along time ago. None of the politician’s wanted to use the word recession for fear of being blamed.Like your good friends at redbubble are saying is.We all feel the problems around us.Life go’s on. You have to go with the flow and learn to switch off. You have to have time for yourself.Hope you manage to have a wonderful relaxing weekend! Glad to see that i am not alone by escaping into my art!
  • Dear Kevin…thank you so much for wise words …and of course you are right…I cannot carry the worlds problems on my shoulders…but being confronted each day with so many that suffer…it is hard not to feel the pain. I try to keep things in perspective and retreat into my art and like you I love nature and try to take mini breaks into nature and that does help…I guess last week so many things happened it was difficult not to switch off. Anxiety is like that it can take you over. But after writing Stressed and hearing the beautiful words from you and other RedBubble friends certainly helped me a lot and find the peace that I so longed for the entire weekend. Thank you so very much for your kind words Kevin. They really helped me…and I could create again at the end of the day :):) Just love Art…it is the best escape of all.

    – Anthea Slade

  • aprilmansilla
    aprilmansillaalmost 6 years ago

    Dear Anthea …i wish the best for you ….this life gets so hard doesn’t it ? but you keep on continuing to inspire!

  • Dear April…thank you for your beautiful wishes and yes life does get very hard at times and sometimes it overwhelms and it is difficult to get things in perspective. Thank you for your support and inspiration my beautiful friend.

    – Anthea Slade

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