Last night I missed my 100 Blog. I got home early enough but by 7.30 p.m. the power was out. It returned about half an hour later and then was off again. By then I resigned myself to the thought and fell asleep. It returned sometime later and I decided to stay in bed.
This was a deliberate decision to go with the flow, not to force my will on a situation and to leave it as it is.
These notions of surrender, go with the flow and accepting a situation as it is served me well today. It was Day 2 of the Strategic Planning session and my CEO facilitated the session. Usually I am very rigid about time and activities when facilitating so I was surprised that I surrendered the meeting control and supported him during the process.
This process of surrendering has not been easy for me and I know that I have not mastered the art of acceptance. I expect to see these themes repeated in my work and when I deal with people until I get the hang of it.
Actually I am looking forward to always surrendering since it is pretty easy and rewarding. I don’t have to strategize how to get my own way, or fuss that things are not happening the way that I planned or throw a tantrum because this is not what I wanted. It is not that I lose interest, it is that I can put the situation in perspective. So what if I did not do Blog 100 last night, what is the catastrophic fantasy about not doing it? The world did not end, I still have internet access and I am doing the Blog now. So what if the CEO led the workshop? We got the results and whatever was not discussed in the room I will discuss with the relevant players to get the reports completed.
It seems simple enough, but it took a while for me to get here. I think that the renovations, having to trust contractors, accepting schedule and price changes and accepting that I had no control provided the catalyst to push me to where I am.
What do you do when things don’t go as planned? What has pushed you to acceptance?