If Anyone is Interested …

–A Burnout poem 

If anyone is interested
Yeah, I fell off the planet for a while
Free fell as if pulled into an abyss
Where there are no sides to hold onto
And no one to speak to.

If anyone is interested
I fell into myself:
A most unfamiliar place to me
A place well buried that I had kept out of bounds
Whilst I ran senselessly in the hamster wheel…

If anyone is interested
Burnout it was but in fact, I was “burnt in”:
A place where spoken words had lost their meaning;
A place where feet walk in shifting sands;
And where mundane tasks demand Nike strength.

If anyone is interested
Burnout was the teacher to my disconnected Self:
Its merciless mission gripping me by the gut and
Throwing me around and across the plains of Fear.
Until I surrendered to Burnout’s lesson.

If anyone is interested
It is time to shed the taboo around Burnout
And instead, invite Curiosity into the ring.
Because you never know the power of a kind word to another
Who could just be heading towards the abyssal fall.


Deborah Abbott
Deborah Abbott
“The Dragon is the symbol of the spirit: the Leading Dragon is the one who finds their own path by standing in their power and choosing to lead from a space of Courage versus a space of Fear.” Inspired by Taoist teachings that helped her heal from severe burnout, Deborah is the founder of Leading Dragons, the mission of which is to bring the human spirit into organisations and bridge old systems with the new, by evolving and growing against the changes. Her core values are Growth, Integrity, and Connectedness: She honours these daily in her work as a strategic business partner, intuitive workshop facilitator, and co-designer for innovative ways. Deborah is known to bring her Dragon Magic into her workshops by “holding the space” for her corporate clients to tap into their resourcefulness and collective intelligence. Deborah accompanies leaders from SMEs and larger organisations, typically enabling them to turn around complicated and seemingly unresolvable situations: Dysfunctional teams become high-performing; employee engagement is enhanced; turnaround times are boosted and collective creativity is fuelled by newly-found energy. She is genuinely curious in others and accompanies leaders and their teams as they break through old thinking patterns and find creative solutions. Every piece of work she does is done in light of serving others as she finds joy in helping people grow and thrive organically, individually, and collectively. She works beyond frontiers, serving and thriving in multi-cultural and multi-dimensional organisations, from biotech companies in L.A. to International Organisations in Geneva, Switzerland. Deborah hosts bi-weekly Leading Dragons videocasts with Dragons and is about to launch the Leading Dragons Community. She is also an ambassador for Humans First and co-moderates weekly Clubhouse deep dives. Mum of Gabriel (13y) and Selma (10y), she practices self-care with a disciplined yoga routine as well as other activities such as running and - more recently - rowing. She is also a fervent adventurer and traveler and, when inspired, expresses her creativity through writing and painting.

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  1. Dear Deborah,

    First of all, welcome the the Bizcatalyst360 ‘community’. You have joined an amazing platform, energized by Dennis J. Pitocco and the many scribes and contributors.

    Your poem delivers such clarity of thought and feeling. You describe ‘Burn-out’ as nobody has previously. Someone close to me suffered burn-out through continuously talking on more and more tasks until not longer possible. Some call it over-work but it is a lot more than that and you have described very real symptoms and effect on the person.

    I resonate strongly with your mention of kindness, which can lead to empathy.

    Kindness offers an open door to a damaged spirit and heart.

    Your poem is so strong yet gentle.

    I do thank Dennis for sharing it.

    I look forward to reading more poems or essays.

    My kindest regards to you,

    Simon Lever
    Championing positivity, empathy and kindness

  2. Deborah,
    Welcome and oh my….. This is profoundly beautiful! Everything here is so relatable and this right here got me the most:
    “Because you never know the power of a kind word to another
    Who could just be heading towards the abyssal fall.”
    This brings such awareness to our insensitivity when we are going thru our own unfolding. A beautiful reminder that we all struggle in some way or form and we are all in this together. #Iaminterested