Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The Three Laws of Stress (as observed in Type A people):
1. Stress will expand to fill the available psychic capacity.
2. Stress is infinitely expandable regardless of the initial stress energy.
3. There is a minimal level of stress energy, expressed as a function containing Planck's Constant, such that we can never be free of initial stress energy.
Over our mid-semester break, I undertook a number of steps to relieve myself of the usual end of semester stress: prepared two talks; wrote two exams; got an article accepted in a law review; started in on another task I am too embarrassed to mention but which is not due until next January. As far as I can tell, I have nothing pressing on my to-do list. My next major commitment for which I am unprepared is teaching contracts in the August and a symposium in October. I woke up yesterday morning to figure out what I should be worrying about. You can take the boy out of the Type A, but you can't take the Type A out of the boy.