A little view into my personal world and how life impacts business.
As I’ve dealt with a gauntlet of health issues over the past 18 months I’ve developed a playful sort of relationship to my Self, all the parts of my being. While I’m grateful to have moved past my corporate career, there are many aspects of business organization that just *work* for my brain. For example, I relate to my Self as an Enterprise, Team Sunni, with three major Divisions: Mind Division, Body Division and the Soul Division.
The Body Division is basically a big factory with lots of Departments: Ingestion, Digestion, Cleansing, Waste Removal, Circulation, etc.
There was a large Team Sunni wide announcement made recently that I’ve decided to make public.
Team Sunni, Body Division : Internal Memo
RE: Retirement of Ms. Gallbladder
To: All systems and departments in the Body Division
As many of you know, the Cleansing Department received a very low productivity score during the 2015 review cycle. After an investigation, we discovered that Ms. Gallbladder was the primary reason. She had been reporting malfunctions for some time and with no clear communication path to leadership had been trying to handle it herself.
We took extreme measures over 2016, involving both the Mind and Spirit Divisions, to support her. Mind Division even set aside Desires and allowed us to stop processing alcohol and dairy entirely in an attempt to allow Ms. Gallbladder time to bounce back.
Last week we consulted outside productivity consultants who have confirmed that the damage to our beloved Ms. GallBladder is so severe that the Cleansing Department will be able to function more efficiently without her. After the latest Leadership Meeting the Body, Mind and Spirit Divisions unanimously agreed to, given her 35 years of service, offer her early retirement and she has accepted. Be sure to say your goodbyes and thank her for her years of service. Ms. Gallbladder’s last day with Team Sunni will be March 20th.
We will be taking the day off on March 20th to allow the Cleansing Department time to adjust to the loss.
There has been some ongoing impact to up and down stream departments. So the Ingestion and Digestion departments should experience an almost immediate improvement in working conditions. Since Mr. Liver will be taking on Ms. Gallbladder’s duties we ask that everyone give him, and his buddy Pancreas, extra support for the next few months. The Mind Division will support you by being very strict about what products we process for a while to ensure minimal impact on the Waste Removal team.
While it will be painful and sad to say goodbye to good ol’ Gall, we believe her departure will allow us to return to our 2014 productivity numbers in a matter of weeks.
This will be the biggest loss to the team since the Wisdom Tooth gang outgrew their space in 2000. Every single department and member in Team Sunni is valued, and the loss of Gall is not being taken lightly.
Over the past year of addressing this issue Leadership has made good on their commitment to more thoroughly review department reports from every member of the team. Thanks to everyone for actively participating in the morning meditation check ins. We have also recently integrated a new resource, Reiki, to do an in depth review with every department. Please cooperate and be as open as possible when Reiki comes to visit you.
Our goal is to keep Team Sunni intact for another 35 years, the suggestion box is always open and reviewed not only by the Body Division but also Mind and Spirit for ways we can guarantee our success.
This is, straight up, how I communicate and relate to my Self. The fun part, I shared this with my ‘outside expert’ (aka Surgeon) during my pre-op appointment, and he totally played with me in it! When I asked him how my body would compensate once Ms. Gallbladder was gone he didn’t miss a beat before replying “Mr. Liver will take over her duties”.
March 27, 2017
It’s been four days since surgery and the retirement of Ms. Gallbladder.
I was told to be on total bed rest for 48 hours following surgery, after that it’s up to me how I handle the healing process. Of course, I decided in advance how that would go. I decided that by the end of the week I’d be back to ‘normal’ activity, maybe just eating carefully.
Well, it’s now the end of the week. I slept in, until 1pm. This is not ‘normal activity’. Sigh.
Before I got out of bed I did a little attitude adjusting. The Mind Division was getting really stressed, client invoices ‘are supposed to’ go out today, taxes haven’t been filed, I’ve been trying to finish that article for weeks….ack! So much to do! So, I let Soul take the reigns and love on Body a bit, then together they helped reset the expectations of Mind. The world will not stop if these things don’t get done today. The long-term impact of delaying these tasks is minimal, the long term impact of pushing my body, of not allowing Body to heal, those are high stakes.
By the time I got out of bed I was totally cool with spending another day on the couch, in and out of sleep.
I took a shower which wiped me out, requiring a nap. Also not ‘normal activity’. Another attitude adjustment needed.
I often use henna to write a one-word intention for the week on my arm. For some reason, before surgery, I felt compelled to write Grace on my arm…well, now I know why. I will need to offer myself a lot of Grace over the next few days.
I tried to write this update and after reading it three times, I’m still finding typos. Also not ‘normal activity’. Another attitude adjustment.
And I’ll do that as many times as I have to today, and every day, until my body is healed.
Living my life in an empowered state of AntiSurvival is not a ‘once and done’ thing. There’s no miracle course or magical solution that will instantaneously transform me…it is an ongoing conversation, sometimes many times a day. It takes commitment and work and support from those around me.
Something tells me the next few days are going to be doozies…lots of grace shall be doled out in Team Sunni this weekend.