February 3, 2011

SHOULD

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:35 pm by Iris Mack Dayoub

Here it is Thursday of week 5 and I was slated to Blog on Monday. Annual reports got in the way! In the process I learned more about myself, especially how I handle impatience with technology that does not work exactly the way I think it should when I think it should. Oh no! There’s that word “should” again. Remember the song: Don’t should on me and I won’t should on you? A friend taught me that song many years ago while we were facilitating a course on Tithing at our church. Using my Thesaurus I looked for some alternatives — supposed to, ought to, must – all words that don’t leave me much leeway.

Following the Artist’s Way at Work and writing Morning Pages is leading me to think more creatively, to look for more than one way to do something or search for various ways to think about certain situations. One of the hardest things for me to do is to stay focused on a desired outcome instead of precise action steps. There is usually more than one way to get to the outcome. The actions steps can take many different forms. There isn’t any one way that it SHOULD be done. I learned this week that getting annual reports to our clients was the desired outcome and that there were lots of ways to get that done. I stopped “shoulding” on myself and actually had some fun with my creativity.

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