One windy day as I was watching some â€śblack birdsâ€ť balancing on some less than stout branches in a tree in my yard, I thought of the faculty and staff on campus â€śbalancingâ€ť 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 â€śhang onâ€ť. 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 â€śsheltered branchesâ€ť once in a while, to give yourself a rest. None of us should feel we have to â€śhang onâ€ť continually as the stress of life presses down upon us similar to the wind tossing the thin tree branches I observed.