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Balance in Inbalance

Thursday, July 12, 2018

This has been a rough week for me. I started the week with me and my team having to work 1st AND 3rd shift in one day. I argued with my management that this wasn't necessary or a good idea, but I was unsuccessful in convincing them. The result is everyone is dragging through the week, and morale took a hit. The good news is management does see the effect, and hopefully, it has sunk in.

I can certainly feel the impact of one day sleep deprivation. My entire week, I've felt out of it. My exercise performance decreased, and I just feel off. This morning I felt an unpleasant scratch in my throat. It becomes apparent to me I'm just not going to be able to feel balanced until I get some time off this weekend and allow myself to get into a natural rhythm to straighten out.

Whatever my troubles, though, I think to the Thailand boys who were trapped in the cave these past several weeks. What a great lesson in perseverance, the will to live, and the amazing things we can accomplish if we care for others more than ourselves.

There's no doubt that they made a near fatal mistake going into the caves, but regardless on the how or why, I think it is a true leadership from the soccer coach that saved them. Even in the darkness amongst hopelessness, they seemed to believe in hope. Somehow, they managed to find serenity and peace in the darkness. That could only come from someone guiding them, and making them believe they were going to be ok against all hopelessness.

So while I am feeling groggy and out of it, it is perspective. I am grateful that this is temporary and I will get back to normal after a weekend of RnR. The boys meditated in order to stay calm in hopelessness, so maybe I should just take a moment to breathe. I feel like I've let my team down because I wasn't able to change the outcome, but I'll try a different approach if the situation arises again.
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  • PACEKA1
    Working a 1st and 3rd shift in one day does seem like over-kill. I remember many years ago our company was going through a huge remodeling and I was in charge of making sure things were set up right for my division of about 50 people. All management worked way into the night for a few days and then we were up and back at it early the next day - while we were doing it the adrenaline and support from each other kept us going but man when it was over we all crashed! Fortunately the company was quite appreciative and gave us a long weekend to recover!

    I agree with you about the boys in Thailand - what an amazing story that was. Not only of their own perseverance and how much the coach stepped up to keep the boys calm and hopeful; but also the outpouring of skilled people who did whatever they could to help get those boys out. Gives you a bit more confidence in the goodness of people!

    Enjoy your weekend!
    130 days ago
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