You may not know this about me but I get bored easily.
I love to learn new things but I also am just as likely to toss them aside once I know what I’m doing.
Organize a special event? Done!
Staff a corporate project? I’m your girl!
So, as much as I appreciate my routine and the balance it brings to my life, I admit to feeling bored lately. At work. Not because my job’s boring, because it’s not, but because I get in, I get it done and then what? I don’t know how to coast. So, as a result, I’m always taking on more. However, I’ve learned the flip side to that: sometimes what you get isn’t what you want but it could be just what you need.
So, a day and a half ago, I was informed of a meeting that another planned to attend. A meeting on a project that impacts me and one I should have been told about before now. And now, in the 11th hour, they can’t go and I must. And, to top it off, the meeting is to discuss a subject I rarely deal with.
I said “yes,” I can make it. “Yes,” I can do it. I can stand up in front of a room full of strangers and present our views. I can schmooze with the best of them. I can find my way and I can drive to a town I’ve never been. I can get it done.
So, I pushed away the angst that their last-minute-ness had brought and spend the day getting acquainted with the task now in my lap. I called on a colleague; I did some online sleuthing. I looked at maps and stats and loaded up my brain up with anecdotes.
I did my homework.
And today, when I find myself in front of various groups discussing policy and objectives, I’ll be ready to go. I think.
And if not, I’ll row.
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If there is no wind, row.
– Latin Proverb