I had to celebrate Frozen 2 today. Can’t wait. Though, like you, I suspect I don’t ever need to hear the song “Let it Go” again. Ever. But I did and continue to learn from it.
Several weeks ago, I was all wound up about a meeting that I thought I should be included in but for some reason wasn’t. I really tried to not take it personally. I had a list of plausible reasons I wasn’t invited, from, “it was an error,” to “I am already in the loop so it’s not worth my time.”
I reached out to ask. No answer. I obsessed a bit on a restless night. But when I woke up the next morning, I was ready to drop it. It was just one meeting. There would be others. Eventually I’d know what happened and deal with it.
I went ahead with my day. Nearly as soon as I got started, I got a call from the meeting host. He wanted to share my role in the agenda of the meeting to which I hadn’t yet been invited. Apparently not being invited was an oversight.
I was struck by the timing. As soon as I stopped grabbing for answers and let it go, the answer arrived. And it was the answer I was hoping for. I realized that sometimes pushing too hard is the thing that’s in the way.
So this week, only one tip. Let. It. Go. Do the best you can and then let go. Practice passionate detachment. Care about the long-term outcome, but don’t get hooked into the how.
I also want to wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am grateful to you for reading these, and for the leadership you show every day at home, at work and in the community.