Monday morning… the start of a new work week and a step forward into the great unknown. Yes it does sound like an exaggeration but a truth nonetheless. I started the day with my expectations already altered before I left the house, one of my staff calling to say they wouldn’t be in because they were very sick and then in the next breath telling me not to worry they’ll be in tomorrow. Makes me wonder how sick is very sick? Perhaps it is the weather forecast that brought on a sudden case of sunshineitis. So as I head in to work my mind is already performing scheduling judo to try to compensate for the lost man hours.
I work in an environment that seems to thrive on flexibility, planning a schedule out the week before, almost ridiculous, as the idea that the schedule will operate as written has about as much chance as putting a kickstand on a tank to hold it up. Still in the constant changes that are part of normal around here there are many opportunities to find things to feel good about. I ended up covering a slot for a couple of hours this afternoon which allowed me to spend some time with the folks that we serve day in and day out. Change is as common a thing to them as it is to me yet they roll with it much more gracefully than I do. Their unflappable spirits continuously lifted me out of my grumbling mindset. It wasn’t unusual during our time together to hear them say how much they liked spending time with me, how much they missed it when I wasn’t there with them, and various other accolades.
This work can be extremely difficult at times and there are days when I get home and wonder if it’s having any impact at all, and then a day like today happens and it reinforces the knowledge that what we are doing does matter, has value, and is worth continuing, not because I received a plethora of “good job” from the folks that I serve, but because I am reminded that people have intrinsic value and therefore it is always worth more than I will ever get paid.