A rollercoaster

Life is filled with ups and downs.  Like grandma said in ‘Parenthood’ it’s like a rollercoaster ride.  There are highs and lows.  Sometimes you feel like your underwater, inundated with too much work, and then you rise to the surface to gasp for air only to find the sun is shining.  Once more everything is alright with the world.

The ability to pick yourself up, dust yourself down and start all over again is an endearing human quality.  The ability to keep going in the face of adversity is an essential quality of anyone faced with modern life.

We are in particularly choppy waters at the moment.  When I say we, I mean my colleagues at work.  You could say we had too much to do yes you can never have too much. You can try harder and harder and you can work harder and harder but there comes a point when it has to stop.  It is the understanding on how best to apply your resource to the time available that should occupy your mind.  The weight of things that you could get involved in press is down upon you and it is the seeming lack of control that makes these times so stressful.

Yet control is unachievable. There is simply too much going on to attempt control.  The best we can hope for is to improve governance and have the foresight to learn how to ride the wave of chaos.  We need to learn to live with the system rather than to cap it vitality.

As Stephen Kelly said to me once, the CEO of Sage, ‘You should never miss the opportunity to remind people what’s important’ and that includes ourselves.  We need to go back to our values, go back to what is most important, reorganise our thoughts and plans and make sure we are focused on the real reasons why we turn up at work in the first place.

About philjackman

Guerrilla Worker, strategic thinker, occasional maverick and reluctant over-achiever with an interest in culture change, creative opportunities and regional development.
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