I had a really rough day at work last Friday. for many reasons — coworkers, staff, deadlines and expectations all whirled together into one perfect storm that set me off my axis. Truly. i struggled with a task the whole afternoon. The. Whole. Afternoon. i felt myself obsessing, working in circles, producing nothing but chaos — I shut my door so my staff wouldnt have to endure my mood. My immediate supervisor said something like “thanks” and I imagined sarcasm, criticism, doubt.
It sucked. At the end of the day, when everyone should have been readying for a nice weekend, I called a coworker in and said, please help. I cried. Cried. the tension and self doubt bubbled over and out and there wasn’t much I could do but wallow. She was amazing. Used that voice you use when someone you care about is teetering on the edge of a breakdown. talked me down, through the problem. Sat with me for almost an hour assessing, addressing and validating.
When I finally was able to put two words together and she felt it was safe to leave me, I sat at my desk and stared at my computer for another half hour. Enveloped in self doubt and anger. Picked up my little solar turkey and threw it across the room. then, embarassed, picked up the pieces and tossed them in the trash.
when i finally got myself together enough to go home and unload on my husband, he said ‘screw em, you dont need that job or any job. Give your notice.”
Now Im not going to do that, i love this job and have no intention of leaving, but hearing those words made such a difference —
And then I was able to keep the demons at bay long enough to enjoy Halloween and spend time with the kids and my sewing machine…but that feeling of incompetence brought back memories that have laid dormant for years — i didnt like it. I have to work to make sure i dont let myself go there again.
Old habits die hard.