A (mini) lesson in perserverance

What have I learned this week?

I have learned that:

1) People ARE listening, they just might not know how to respond.

2) Be aware of your limits, know you resources. If you aren’t helping, step back, or you might end up hindering.

As you may have picked up in some previous posts this week, I haven’t  exactly been hitting home runs this week. A colitis flare-up, skipping workouts, a roller-coaster at work (which is usually part of why I love my job)…the thing is, it’s a fine line between the hilly terrain making gleeful butterflies in your stomach and making you feel downright nauseous.

I got up this morning still feeling sick, absolutely in a thank-godness-it’s-Friday mood. But my attitude totally turned around when there was this email from my boss (posted with permission) to the crisis team:

“I wanted to sincerely thank each of you for the beautiful  mums and thoughts on Bosses Day.  Between your generosity and kindness on my birthday and again for  Bosses Day, you guys really make me feel special and appreciated.  I cannot tell you how much I enjoy working with each one of you individually and as a team.  Not a day goes by that I am not impressed with your commitment, hard work, and total dedication to advocating for the people we are serving.  I am very proud of our team and I KNOW we are making a difference out there.

I absolutely love to sit back and watch you interact with one another, rely on one another, consult with one another, confide in one another, and support one another.  Each one of you is unique, gifted, and dedicated.  To
see you blend as a team and accomplish what you do on a daily basis is amazing – just like you.

And no – I haven’t been drinking!”

As you might imagine, working as part of a crisis intervention team can be a little chaotic, we’re all busy, and a little unpredictable, and it’s often hard to tell if you are making progress. But we’re also all very passionate about what we’re working toward, which brings me to the biggest lessons of the week:

3) Above all else, be an advocate!

4) Do not give up on your dreams! No matter how idealized your vision is; whether to run an ultra-marathon, achieve a world free of forced labor (please, click through that link), stop global warming, erradicate hate, de-stigmatize mental illness, or to simply live simply, DON’T GIVE UP! Break that vision down into steps, and keep walking! Even on the worst day, you can make with forward progress.

Before I go, I want share an inspiration with you all, my friend and fellow spinning instructor, David, auditioned to be an instructor for the Chicago Athletic Clubs with the same group I did back in 2006. We are the only survivors of that group! Our friendship is mostly virtual, as many are these days, but occasionally we cross over into each others classes, or need a favor (it happens, I have a pick-up truck after all). Even so, David is always the first to respond when someone (me) has a bad day, needs advice (or a last minute substitute for class), he is the first to complement when someone (me) is being overly self-critical, and the first to subtly bring a jackass (also me) back to earth.  Traci Mitchell wrote a profile of David on her blog today. Please, check it out!

-AB

2 responses to “A (mini) lesson in perserverance

  1. Good luck in the race! I ran in the Chicago Marathon in 1993 ( my only marathon). It’s an experience I’ll never forget.

  2. Thanks! Oddly, I have been living in Chicago for over 5 years now and haven’t given running the Chicago marathon serious thought. I think I will once I successfully finish Boston.

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