Thursday, July 29, 2010
Coping with Change
I am in the second week of my marathon training plan for Philadelphia, and I have yet to do a single run. These past few weeks have been fraught with stresses and tensions at work, like I have never experienced before. I do not know if it is because I find the US workplace extremely stressful, or because I need to manage change better, but as I write this, I am wondering it it could be a combination of both?!
In short, our department has been reorganized, and the head of my group has resigned. No big deal....this happens all the time. Indeed the last company I worked for in Switzerland was taken over by a German company, and we had many workshops on how to deal with change. Prior to that, the company I worked for in Italy was taken over by an American company. I am no stranger to change, and yet, it seemed as though I was experiencing it for the first time!
The effect on my running has been terrible - I have not done a single run.....neither outdoors, nor on the treadmill, and not even a stair climb. This week has made me realize that each change is unique, and an experience unto itself - and that the past really is a foreign country (as historian David Lowenthal puts it). When I started getting over the shock of the changes, the lessons that emerged are that: 1) I have some fabulous colleagues, 2) this is an opportunity for me, 3) climb the mountain that is in front of you, 4) don't look back lest you be changed into a pillar of salt. In the light of that, I will go for a run tomorrow morning, AND blog about it before I go to work!
I have however, been making some very good lunches for work. Since I am not rushing in the morning anymore (no early morning runs to squeeze in), I had time to either come home for lunch, or to take something good with me. My lunch had 'three courses' and of course, an espresso afterwards....not too shabby eh! Well, I am up early tomorrow, so I will leave you with a visual image of a typical lunch: 3 baby artichokes with some olive oil, veggie wrap and plain Greek yoghurt. The apple was a snack.