One windy day as I was watching some “black birds” balancing on some less than stout branches in a tree in my yard, I thought of the faculty and staff on campus “balancing” all the work we have to complete at this busy time of the year. I noticed that when the wind became too strong, the birds moved into the interior of the tree where there was more protection and thus it was easier for them to “hang on”. Again I thought of my Georgetown colleagues and decided we should learn a lesson from this observation. My advice: allow yourself to move into the “sheltered branches” once in a while, to give yourself a rest. None of us should feel we have to “hang on” continually as the stress of life presses down upon us similar to the wind tossing the thin tree branches I observed.