Every so often I have those days where a number of thoughts chase one another around in my brain. None of them overly profound, some of them just general thoughts, others related to specific events. Today has been such a day. This may be one of my more disjointed posts, but I would like to eventually sleep tonight and getting those thoughts written down somewhere – even if that somewhere is the internet! – is usually a good way to get my brain headed in the direction of quieting down.
Sometimes, at work or in a volunteer setting, you find yourself inheriting a “system” set up by someone else. This system may be extremely complete and efficient or completely a mess. Doesn’t matter. You have to make sure the system works for you. And sometimes that means re-working the system – throwing out what doesn’t work for you, tweaking the organizational system, etc. – and that’s okay! Doesn’t mean you don’t respect what came before – just means you want to do the job well!
Occasionally you find your opportunities changing. Sometimes the change doesn’t feel too good. There are times that such a feeling doesn’t ever change – sometimes it stinks from start to finish. But other times?! What seems to be a negative thing, opens the door to possibilities you hadn’t thought of before. It’s not that you didn’t love what you WERE doing. But you can quickly learn to embrace what WILL be happening!
Self-doubt is never productive. Ever. Everyone has bad days, everyone wants a do-over every now and then. But starting to focus on the goofs and the screw ups is never a good way to spend time. Admit mistakes, learn from them, make the necessary changes to move in a more positive direction – but don’t get mired in negativity. It isn’t good for you or those around you.
Regardless of age, we all need that one place we can go, walk through the door without knocking and say, “I’m here cuz I’ve had a lousy day and I need a hug.” We were never meant to do this circus called life alone and it can get to be just a bit too much to handle from time to time. It’s important to find that small circle of super-close friends/family/adopted family that will be there with a hug, some tissues, and your favorite ice cream flavor.