Today's Tuesdays with MOJO will be brought to you on Wednesday.
Just kidding, but there was a moment yesterday when I thought there no way I would be able to share a blog entry with you fine folks today.
Contrary to what you may think, I write “Tuesdays with MOJO” (TWM) on Tuesday mornings. I typically zero in on a topic by Monday, jot down some notes throughout the week (or day), and arise early Tuesday morning to singing keyboard strokes. I’ve had people ask if I keep “one in the can” just in case, but that feels disingenuous to me so I truly don’t. Plus, I find it more fun to make it timely and tied to a relevant experience.
For me the point of TWM is to share a recent moment and learning where the MOJO H+W philosophy “small changes make big differences” applicable toward a movement in a direction and outcome.
But yesterday I was thrown a bunch of wrenches and had no idea when I would make it happen.
A multi-pronged Client issue, plus little sleep, plus an unanticipated loved-one’s health issue that turned into a slumber party and subsequent doctor visit this morning, equals thrown off schedule. All good! What's that old saying? Man Plans God Laughs. As time whizzed by yesterday, more Tuesday meeting requests came in.
Thinking I may be fighting the universe, I checked to see if something unusual happening. Mercury in retrograde? Full moon? April Fools? Turns out, something unusual WAS happening.
According to a NY Times headline, “Total Solar Eclipse Will End the Day Before It Begins.” “The spectacle will begin on March 9 and finish on March 8.” Huh? Yes, it will start Wednesday, but finish today (Tuesday). Check out this beautiful video depiction of what will happen.
It went on to say those “in the path of totality are going to be able to see the outer atmosphere of the sun called the corona which will look like flames streaming from behind the moon.” Beautiful!
Stick with me here.
“…Astrologically this is recognized as a time of powerful changes and new beginnings in specific area(s) of our lives…everyone will have their own unique experience, and for some people it will be stronger than others…This eclipse can shake things up in our lives to help us gain awareness of how our past wounds are shaping our reality, and we can move towards healing them.”
OK, I’m not a big follower of astrology, but I do find it fun and interesting when things coincide.
Regardless, I had faith: somehow it will all work out. It always does. We all survive and hopefully gain some useful knowledge along the way.
How do you prepare for something you didn’t prepare for?
Below are my go-to tools for success when a wrench thrown your way:
MOJO Maker #12: Surround yourself with a supportive circle. When all goes to pot, the people around you will hold you up, fill in the gaps and make you smile.
Don’t let the saboteur get you. I block off my calendar Tuesday mornings. My clients know not to schedule meetings and husband knows not to call me. Thus, when thrown a curve ball, I know I have a nice nugget of time to leverage.
Be forgiving, and honest. We are not perfect and believe it or not, we aren’t expected to be. My CEO at Balance Integration always says “Oh, you mean you’re human?” Remember your humanness, be honest with yourself and those around you as to what you can achieve, and forgive for not being perfect.
Pick your battles. I’ve written before about setting boundaries and priorities. I have book group tonight and have not finished the book for the first time in over 4 years. Some exciting things are going on (to be revealed at a later date) and I had to make difficult choices. I may also have to say “no” to attending, depending upon what happens today. If that means saving my sanity, the group will understand and applaud me.
Ask for help. For the aforementioned book group, I lead the discussion. Yup, the gal who didn’t finish the book is certainly going to have trouble facilitating the discussion! Seeing the collision coming, I contacted the host in advance to ask if she would mind taking over. She is a smart, thoughtful, active reader, contributor and friend, and was happy to pitch in. Don’t be a hero or martyr: when you need help, ask, and take it.
Be proud. When you come through the other end of a challenge, acknowledge how it went. Did you handle it with grace? Did all hell break lose? How would you do it differently in the future? Either way, give yourself a pat on the back and plan better for next time. As there will always be a next time!
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™