First Week at Omega

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Hitting the Wall at Omega – Some of the harsh reality of volunteer work at nonprofit centers that are also businesses
Copyright, Neva J. Howell

When I arrived here at the Omega Institute and I was in the staff orientation, they were talking about how everyone will “hit the wall” before it’s over. Meaning that, at some point in the full staff season, there will be a time when you just don’t think you can make it.

For me, that time came pretty close by the end of the first week.

After almost 25 years of working for myself, working entirely alone except for workshops I taught or healing sessions that were one on one with another, I was thrust into a 9 to 5 structured work environment with only 2 weeks to receive and integrate a huge amount of information.

I am having to learn how to use several databases, along with tons of other tasks and learning interwoven and rather complex decision-making skills. By the end of the day, I can hardly think at all.

I have already hit my wall. Maybe that’s the good news.

I find people here willing to talk about it, willing to help and to listen. I am not sure what can help or assist at this point so I’m just trying my best to stay calm and non-defensive about my situation. I have not always been able to stay calm and non-defensive so far.

On the other hand, I took a writing class, a handwriting analysis class, and two group healings so that’s great. There’s no denying the perks and there’s no denying the degree of responsibility and work to be exchanged for those perks.

I am feeling it will even out over the season.

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2 thoughts on “First Week at Omega

  1. Hang in there sis… to grow there is always a little growing pain… sounds like something you need to do

  2. Deb, thanks for the encouragement. Oh, yes, this is exactly where I’m supposed to be right now. And…..it’s hard, very hard.

    It’s getting easier though, now that I’m getting the information in my head a little more clearly.

    By the way, people loved your song. I sang “Don’t it Hurt” at the open mic, and I was shaking in my boots by the way, and afterwards several people commented on what a great song it was. One said it was a “classic” and I quite agree. Another was moved to tears by it.

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