Interestingly, at the age of 43, I’ve been having some serious issues with insomnia. All my life, I’ve never had a problem sleeping! The old adage, “you don’t know what you’re missing until it’s gone”, definitely applies here! However, I’m doing everything in my power to use this time (anywhere from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.) somewhat productively. The majority of the time, I think about work. Now you might think that’s a negative or stressful thing. It’s not. For the past seven years, the best thing that has happened to me in my entire life (outside of being in my amazing family) has been the decision to become a part of Odyssey Teams, Inc.. The company has grown three-fold over the years and we have some incredible programs to offer the world (if I do say so myself). We offer everything from our Life Cycles Program (a bike building / teambuilding experience), our Playhouse Project, the Helping Hands Program to traditional ropes courses. I seriously pinch myself everyday and am so thankful that I love getting up in the morning to go to the office! Outside of the fulfilling, rewarding work we do, I have the pleasure of spending my hours with my fabulous colleagues. If you personally know any of these people, you know exactly what I’m talking about! You don’t find this kind of quality just anywhere. So…when I’m awake all those hours when the streets are quiet, the hustle and bustle of the day is over and everyone is asleep, I’m reflecting on this team of people. They have touched my life, made me a happier person and I feel thankful that I get to work alongside them everyday of my life!
Isn’t it a terrible feeling to let someone down? I think this is one of the hardest emotions to deal with (especially if you’re a Type A personality such as myself). Having someone you love and respect be disappointed in you is one of worst emotions and I strive SO hard to never let it happen. But then…being human steps into the fold. I try to tell myself that “everyone does it from time to time”, that “my intentions were good”, “I didn’t mean to have that happen” or possibly make some excuse as to why things didn’t go according to the original plan. I woke up today not realizing that my day would unfold and a glaring “let down” would make itself known. It was a terrible moment. I saw it coming from the second I heard, “can we spend just 5 minutes on the phone” discussing this project. I knew. The sinking feeling swept over me and my gut fell into my Uggs! This stinks! I am always on top of my game and this situation came back to bite me in the rear end unexpectedly! OK…time to get my mind spinning on WHY the project didn’t happen and HOW to fix it immediately to dissolve the pit in my stomach and make things better with the person I let down. I apologized immediately and took responsibility for my shortcomings with regard to managing this project and not providing my own personal input. I went for a long walk in the park to clear my mind and reviewed that the “Type A” can make mistakes in life too! It’s OK. One mistake doesn’t outweigh the thousands of things we do right each day. There are two little words that can make everything better if they are said with genuineness…I’m sorry. It’s amazing how these words can heal anger, hurt or disappointment in an instant. After my heartfelt apology, I got into action and called in the cohorts to get the job done! We’re already on our way (in a couple short hours) of meeting our initial goal. Man…it’s much better to face a difficult project than it is to face disappointing someone you love!