Well, the originator of the weekly "five questions" has had a family emergency this week, so perhaps I will have to come up with my own random questions. But for now, I want to blog on something that's been on my mind.
I heard a fantastic speaker yesterday at the ASWA (American Society of Women Accountants) meeting...Susan Stephenson, who is the president and co-founder of Independent Bank here in Memphis. So down to earth, and such a successful "working mother" who has raised three children while pursuing her career with a passion that is enviable. I was totally with her until the end of her talk, when she finally explained the "secret" of being a successful working mother...you have to sacrifice your sleep. There just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything you need to do to be a good mom, a good wife, AND a successful businesswoman, so you just have to give up sleeping.
This is not the first successful woman I've heard this from. I've heard variations on this story, from Martha Stewart who reportedly only sleeps 3 hrs a night, to Biggest Loser participants who get up at 4AM to work out for two hours every day before going to work, for years. Do you know how thin I could be and how uber-organized my house could be and how successful I could be in my career and how much volunteer work I could do, if only I could get by with 4-5 hours of sleep each night? Maybe it's a "mind over matter" issue, but it's just not in me. When I don't get enough sleep (and I'm talking AT LEAST 7.5 hours, preferably 9!), I'm grouchy, I'm angry about whatever it is that caused me to have too little sleep, my eyes literally will not stay open, and I just feel worthless. And people, it's a major health issue! There are all kinds of studies out there (studies linking obesity to too little sleep, equating driving while sleep-deprived to driving while intoxicated, etc) that show how important it is to get enough sleep. So if I'm not going to sacrifice my sleep, what AM I going to sacrifice? What do YOU sacrifice? And why is our society structured in such a way that we have to sacrifice ANYTHING? Deep thoughts...
Things could always go horribly awry.
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