Over the past 3 weeks or so I’ve been trying to write another blog entry about my struggle with pain. I was going to write about how a second surgeon, this time from the premier spine center in the country told me that surgery would not be the best option for me right now because of my age, and the risk, and the likelyhood of little improvement. Such a complicated back I have. I just couldn’t find the motivation to write out the whole, drawn out story though, so that’s about all I’ll write about that. Instead, I found some motivation to write today from an entirely different source.
I have a new job, and I’ve been struggling to overcome a hurdle where I feel comfortable with what I’m doing. I’ve been doing pretty much the same thing for a number of years now, and this job, although somewhat related to the direction my career has been going, is really a whole new direction. Finally, over the past couple of days I’ve been finding a comfort zone. I’ve been starting to understand the process flow, where the work is coming from, and what to do with the work when I find it. And then fate decided that it had different plans for me today.
A few days ago my team was told that we were absorbing some new responsibility from a different team, due to the downsizing of that team. We were getting a new person on our team, and he was to crosstrain with us, as well as members of my team crosstraining with him. Yesterday our new team member said he had something he wanted to show us, and asked us if we wanted to come over and take a look at what he was doing. There were only two of us in the room at the time, and I was the only one who went over to take a look. While over there I remarked about how nice the guy’s view was. His cube was against the window, and outside the window was a lake where there were Geese and some other birds. We discussed logistics, about how we were going to crosstrain when there really wasn’t any more room in our office, and there was only one open cube next to this guy, which was vacated by the person who was fired, which was why his team (or him because he was now on his own) was merging our team. We couldn’t come up with a solution as to how the crosstraining would easily take place amongst all team members.
Well, today it became clear that what our manager really meant was that I was going to be crosstraining with this new team member and his responsibilities and this didn’t really include the rest of my team. Not only that, but I was going to be moving into the cube next to this guy. Now here’s something else I haven’t mentioned yet. The office I’m in is closing shortly. The other office is in downtown DC, which I am not excited about traveling to and from every day. But our manager assured us that when this move happens, our team would be work exclusively from home. So no worrying about having to travel downtown. Well, now with these changes taking place, was that still going to be the case?
So how did I feel about all of this? Well, I was at first a bit frustrated. I had just started to get comfortable and suddenly the rug was pulled out from under me and I was now taking on completely different responsibilities. I then started to worry that this happened because I wasn’t cutting it in my current position, and they saw that, and decided to move me to something else, maybe even to just give me busy work to do until I became the next downsizing victim. The I started worrying about the working from home thing. I’ve recently been looking for a new home, maybe a little further away from the city because I’ll have more space and it will be cheaper. Would this sudden change mean that I’d have to be slogging it downtown every morning and I’d have to put my plans to move on hold?
I took everything off of my desk and stuffed it into a bag, and moved over to the cube next to my new teammate. I looked at the cube, and noticed that I now had some privacy. The walls of the cube were really high. I then turned around, and remembered the window, which I was also right next to. There were the geese, swimming in the lake. Suddenly my fear just lifted. Sometimes I try so hard to focus on the negative of a situation when that negative is completely imaginary because I had not bothered to substantiate one bit of my fear. Maybe I’ll have the same deal with being able to work from home. Maybe I’ll love this new job, and I’ll love the new responsibilities. The thing is, I was living in the wreckage of the future, which many wise people in my life have cautioned me against, and I have in turned cautioned others against.
Who knows what will happen tomorrow. Today I have a nice cube with a view of a lake and geese. So for this day, and this hour, and this minute, things are pretty good, and I’m going with that.