With joy, relief and excitement, I recently re-entered the workplace after a long and arduous search for the right fit for me. It's a job that offers me lots of different tasks, loads to learn and great folks to do it with. So I have tons of gratitude. Along with the steep learning curve of being in a new job, here are 3 others "truths" I've recently learned:
1. "The only reason for time is so everything doesn't happen at once" - Albert Einstein
Al, you make a good point. Here's another universal law that needs testing: are there indeed not enough hours in the day? Because I feel a tightness in my stomach on a daily basis wondering how to balance work with "life" as I knew it. When do I relax? Sleep? See friends? Do laundry? Walk the dog? Grocery shop? Blog? Watch TV (this one is huge, I need help integrating this!)? Billions of people in the world do it, or at least accept they can't do it all, so I trust I'll get there too. But right now, I feel like I've hit a huge, iceberg of a wall!
2. “God loveth the clean" - the Koran
I loveth the clean too but what I loveth more is paying others to clean my house. And I need to get on that, right away. Even if I find the time to clean (see point number 1 about not having enough time), why would I want to waste it by cleaning up...waste? Time to find someone who will take care of this!
3. "A diva is someone who is a perfectionist, who does her best in her craft" - Patti LaBelle
Well hell's bells. If that's true, then I am a diva! But seriously, on a day to day basis, what I struggle with is wanting to do it all perfectly. Because that's totally achievable: 3 weeks into a job in an industry I previously knew nothing about and obviously I should have mastery. Pah! When I sit back and look at myself, I see how unrealistic I can be with my expectations of myself. Do others do this to themselves? Have ridiculously and unachievable goals of themselves and beat themselves up for not meeting them?
I wonder what I'll have learned by 13 weeks! I'll keep you posted!