Over the past several weeks, I haven’t published any blog posts, but have authored at least 200 articles in my head. The reviews have been mixed, according to the reviewers who reside in my head.
ORT Chicago had a significant leadership event last week and as is typical with events I have ever worked on, we encountered technical difficulties. Let’s face it — NO ONE “skips to their lou,” when technical difficulties arise, especially when we, as nonprofit professionals, know how it impacts the very people we want to engage.
Still, technical difficulties happen. They just do. The real art, I think, is in fixing what seems to be totally broken – finding another route and quickly, but thoughtfully adjusting the tactics that will lead to positive results, goals and desired outcomes.
I enjoy this think-y way of troubleshooting and it’s a good thing, because solutions must be found when failure is not an option.
In the end, last Thursday’s event was engaging and meaningful for ORT, our longtime constituency and for those who just walked into ORT for the first time.
Now, relationships and our ORT Chicago community can grow and deepen.
I once had an amazing colleague who would bark at me, “Pam! Oftentimes, good enough is perfect!” I try hard to follow her wise words, but I’m not great at it. I’m not even “good enough” at it.
Still, I keep practicing to accept “good enough,” when a project, event, person, team or organization needs something sooner than something far better can be produced and implemented.
perfection the very best can be productive. It can also paralyze. I have seen this time and time again in others and in myself.
Over the years, I’ve improved a lot. Of course, I am talking about my professional challenges. Those technical difficulties are surmountable.
The trickiest technical difficulties in my life are the constant struggle of being a hard worker, a single mom and a woman with feelings and a really packed schedule.
On the day before our event, I received an urgent call that one of my daughters needed me immediately. (She’s fine now). At the time, and so many times, the tugging pull of being in a leadership role in work I love, combined with an inherent need to be available for my kids no matter what, plus other aspects of me that I don’t have time or energy to explore, etc. I mean, THIS is really the technical difficulties that never really seem to get resolved.
I don’t really believe in work/life balance. I never have. I also don’t believe the idea that single working parents, or in my case, women, can actually “have it all.”
I do take solace in my belief that I cannot have it all. I have been called, “Wonder Woman,” or “Super Mom.” I am neither. I am nothing close to a super hero.
Just embracing this fact, well..
it’s good enough for me.