Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Angel on my shoulder

I have two angels who sit on my shoulders - one is the angel of optimism and the other is the angel of pessimism. The optimistic angel is bigger and louder and definitely much more enjoyable to listen to.

The pessimistic angel while smaller and not as loud can sometimes be downright rude and loud and often drowns out the voice of optimism.

That pessimistic cherub has been having a little bit of a rant lately, so I either need to buy a stronger gag or perhaps ear plugs. Work has settled down in terms of the first month of craziness. I'm doing much more of the communications role and I'm expecting someone to pinch me and I'll wake up. That little pessimistic voice keeps piping up and asking how on earth I'm getting paid to do what I'm doing.

I'm doing all of the things that I love, I'm learning so much and the more I create, the more creative I feel. I loved my previous human resources role, the project administration role was okay as well. But the communications role - love it, love it, love it. It's only taken me almost 40 years to discover that communications and change management is exactly where I want to be.

I guess what's feeding the pessimistic angel is the 'old school' view from senior managers within our company which surrounds the idea of change management. It's not taken as seriously as say finance is. Figures and accounting is quantifiable, people and emotions are not.

At the moment I keep taking a swipe at the pessimistic cherub and telling it to be quiet. I'm like a sponge, soaking up every scrap of information from my new boss that I can. I'm aware that as an external consultant he's only destined to be there for 12-18 months. I must learn as much as humanly possible because the reality is that once the project finishes in 3.3 years then I will be without a job. At least I now know which direction I will move in.

Now before I run away tonight, I have a link to share that you absolutely must go and check out. I'm amazed by the simplicity of this idea and will definitely be contributing my share.
I'm not sure of the logistics of participating for my overseas friends - but hey Adelaide gets interstate and international post and it's open until Christmas. My Adelaide pals, it's easy and it's for a worthwhile cause.

Are you intrigued now - well go and check it out here.

That's all for now - Cheers, Fi


  1. So glad that you are doing what you love. It sure does make getting up in the morning and going into work much easier. In the US, people can donate to soles4souls. They have drop boxes all over. Such a great cause! And like you said so simple. I think I am going to put a button on my blog.

  2. It's so easy to listen to that pessimistic angel. Keep reminding yourself that you are doing what you love, and that will come through. I have to do the same once in awhile, so this is a nice reminder. I wish that pessimistic guy would just go away! Have a great week Fi.


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