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Okay, I confess. My name is Rachel Writes, and I have the Too Busy Disorder.

TBD, for short. Not to be confused with To Be Determined.

My fellow sufferers of TBD will immediately understand when I say that, in fact, the Too Busy Disorder has its roots in HBD

- Has Been Determined. That's because you've said "Yes" way too often, sometimes ill-advisedly, and being an honourable person, you strive to live up to your commitments.

Besides, you're probably having way too much fun to give up anything. Then you're hit with the un-fun things that are just unavoidable. Things that are imposed on you, like income tax returns, funerals, or floods. (If those items are fun for you, please don't take offense. They're just not my cup of tea.)

Let me clarify. Having TBD is not the same as being a workaholic. Someone with TBD craves time to hang out, whether alone or with friends. Craves peace and quiet. And really enjoys them, in the intervals between bouts of Too Busyness.
A workaholic, on the other hand, is addicted to work. A workaholic chain-smokes work - has to be busy all the time, to the point they often do tasks that are not necessary. There's a drivenness, a tone of anxiety.

And here we cross the frontiers of the land called Anxiety.

Anxiety is definitely not fun. It's "an unpleasant state of inner turmoil and apprehension, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints and rumination," says Wikipedia.

Anxiety has many faces. It can be dread over something that probably won't happen. It's likely an unfocused, generalized feeling. It can be a mask for feelings of depression. It can be really distracting and hard to deal with. That's true both for the anxious person, and for those around him or her - who then turn into anxious persons, in their own right.

All of us feel anxiety sometimes. It happens. Where does it come from? How to cope with it, in ourselves and those around us?

These questions and others about anxiety are the subject of an information session this Tuesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. It will be at the Trinity United Church (downstairs), 190 Principale St. W. in Cookshire.

Kay Lespérance will speak and answer questions. She is a psychotherapist and marriage & family therapist in private practice in Sherbrooke. The session will be in English. It is free, and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. This session was organized by the Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François, with the collaboration of Mental Health Estrie. For information, call 819-560-8540 (option 9).

Or there's the Anxiety Guru on the internet. He lists the seven best anxiety comedies of all time, starting with a 1977 movie, High Anxiety, with Mel Brooks. It's set at the Institute for the Very, Very Nervous. Check it out at

They say laughter is the best medicine. It just might be a good antidote for Anxiety, too. Take it from Rachel Writes, a self-confessed TBDed person.

Just a reminder that pre-registration is open for the Cookshire-Eaton Vacation Summer Bible School at the Cookshire Fairgrounds, Monday July 8 to Friday July 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. Children aged 4 to 12 are welcome. To register, call Roberta Sylvestre at 819-889-2608.

United: Sunday June 23 at 10:30 a.m. is a Gospel Service at the Trinity United Church in Cookshire. On Sunday June 30 at 10:30 a.m. the Sunday service is in Sawyerville (for details, listen to message at 819-889-2838, and for more info, leave a message and phone number).

Anglican: Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. in Bury (with Sunday school for children) and 11 a.m. in Cookshire. On Sunday June 30, at 11 a.m., the Deanery Picnic will be at the St. Georges' Church in Lennoxville. It's a potluck picnic, so bring a lucky pot. Messy Church for young families is Wednesday, July 3, from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m., at Saint Paul's Church in Bury. Children aged 2 to 12 are welcome, along with their parents, for stories, crafts, worship and dinner, which is provided (819-239-6902).

Baptist: In Sawyerville, the worship service is at 9 a.m. in French, and 11 a.m. in English. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. in English and French (819-239-8818).

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