My job is all about helping teams be successful, which In the ‘lingo’ of agile software development, includes “Managing your WIP” (Work in process); to ensure that teams and individuals identify and focus on the most important work that is needed right now.
Most of us have been overwhelmed at some point in our lives, and have had to make some deliberate choices about what is important NOW, and what to let go. I recall busily mopping the kitchen floor one summer day, when my then 10-year-old son came inside and asked me to play catch. I paused: I looked at the floor, I looked at my son. I dropped the mop and grabbed my mitt. My floor stayed grimy, and that was OK.
For the past three years I have coordinated a walk to raise funds in the fight against eating disorders. It was and is an important and personal cause, and it has been an amazing journey. I have met wonderful, committed individuals who continue to serve as personal inspirations. Oh, and we also raised a lot of money. Now–it is time to start organizing the 2018 walk. Yet, I pause.
2018 also brings an election – an election that provides a critical opportunity to stem the tide of division and hate that has dominated the national political scene. Nowhere is this more important than in my own backyard, where the Koch Brothers have taken well-funded aim at Senator Tammy Baldwin.
When I started the eating disorder walk, three years ago, I had zero advocacy experience. And, aside from ranting, blogging and donating, I do not have any political experience. Yet, I will learn; because…. it is the most important thing, right now.