Life is filled with ups and downs. One moment everything seems to be falling into place exactly as planned, then the next you’re surrounded by chaos, overwhelmed with hardships, and being challenged at every turn. Trials and tribulations happen at home and affect our family and they come at work, affecting our mental health and ability to succeed. Too often these personal and professional stressors blend together and compound to adversely impact those you care for the most. Rarely is life really easy and rarely does anything great come without sacrifice and struggle; so, when things seem down and out, it’s important to pause, take a deep breath, and regain perspective.
I write this after taking pauses and deep breaths myself this past week. It’s been a week filled with highs, lows, and lots of challenges. After more than 8 months-worth of effort, our organization re-branded last Wednesday to become cityCURRENT. The process of re-branding - coming up with and considering hundreds of names and logos, the legal process of registering, and actually bringing it all to life - was enough to make our heads spin; but we simultaneously developed and rolled out a new web platform, then hosted two big events the following days. It was a high unveiling the new brand and seeing everyone at the events; but we underestimated how many challenges we’d face in the process.
On Monday, as I was driving with my window down, a bee flew in and struck me on my neck before I was to deliver a keynote presentation. When I got to the venue, my car broke down and wouldn’t allow me to even lock the doors. As I was uploading my presentation, my thumb drive broke into three pieces. Then, when I got back to the office, I walked in, tripped, and spilled my coffee all over the floor.
While each of these frustrations is small in the scheme of things, together they made for a stressful day. I write this to say that most times, we only see the stress-free images on social media or the well-polished presentation being delivered, but we don’t know the struggles to get to that point. We all have bad days and I often have to pause, take a deep breath, and refocus on what really matters most: that I give my best and treat others with love and respect, regardless of any challenges faced.