Today, my foot is up and iced due to an injury yesterday, brought on by multi-tasking on my way out the door to an appointment.
Chick-Fil-A lemonade, phone, laptop, and purse in hand, I left my home while participating in a conference call. My ankle twisted and I fell, spilling my lemonade. My phone flew from my hand and landed in the bushes while I screamed in pain.
Good news: I can walk.
Bad news: I never got to finish that delicious lemonade.
This on the heels of a weekend spent moving my office furniture across the hallway into a (much) bigger space in our home.
To me, moving to a bigger office space is a physical outworking of a bigger reality: my company is growing. I am growing.
But it’s not always without pain.
Some pain is physical, like the throbbing of my right foot.
Other pain is emotional; as I work with new clients, I am stretched to interact in new ways, to communicate with increasing effectiveness, and to manage multiple projects, subcontractors, and priorities. I have crises of confidence. I have to remind myself I am not a failure. I have to remind myself that quitting is not an option.
Sometimes, I feel vulnerable and want to back away when conversations are difficult. Sometimes, I feel overwhelmed.
Mostly, I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given, for the ability to make a difference, and for the energy and drive to do great work.
Those gifts are a salve to my growing (and other) pains.
Tell me something! How do you deal with growing pains?
photo credit j. reed