Avoid the duck syndrome

Too many teenagers are pressured to be high-achieving in school and sports and music and community activities, says Gillian Barth in a column in the August 29, 2015, issue of The Dallas Morning News.

They suffer, Barth says, from the duck syndrome—“appearing to glide calmly across the water while paddling frantically beneath.”

I sometimes, too, find myself suffering from the duck syndrome. The next time I’m too busy, too frantic, too overwhelmed, I’m going to remember the duck syndrome and quit paddling, get out of the water and rest for a while.
–Joy

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