Languishing

A couple of times a month I write a message to all my teachers and staff, and I thought I’d post my most recent one to other school owners as well.  (It will go out to my staff at the beginning of next week, so they don’t receive work messages on a weekend.)  I think this is something that many school owners may also be feeling:

“We’re now two years into the pandemic and I think I speak for many when I say it’s getting old.  I’m fortunate to not yet have gotten COVID and running an English school that is majority children’s classes means we haven’t been adversely affected as much as many.  Still—while I haven’t been depressed—I’ve found myself just feeling a little…well…blah….

Adam Grant wrote an article in the New York Times last April about this feeling, which he called languishing: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/19/well/mind/covid-mental-health-languishing.html.  He may have written it almost a year ago, but I think it still stands.  I’m not depressed most of the time, but I’m just not able to do many of those things that bring me joy.  I can’t meet friends like I used to.  Can’t travel.  I’m not able to meet family.  There always seems to be an underlying worry.  Things seem to start picking up only for another wave to arrive, another fire to put out.  It becomes more difficult to have patience with others.  It becomes more difficult to assume positive intent.

As Adam Grant says, it helps to have a name for what many of us are feeling: languishing.  If you feel like you’re languishing, you’re not alone.”

Books/Articles I’m reading:

  • Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big by Bo Burlingham –

https://www.amazon.co.jp/-/en/Bo-Burlingham-ebook/dp/B010N18JVC/ref=sr_1_2?crid=RD1B1O2KS4KY&keywords=small+giants&qid=1643970182&sprefix=smalgiants%2Caps%2C268&sr=8-2

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