A few days ago, my brother-in-law asked how packing was going and how I was feeling about moving again. Just two months after unpacking all our belongings, we are back underneath boxes. Cardboard purgatory! I have yet to meet anyone who enjoys moving – the checklists, organizing, boxes, planning. The result is always worth it, but getting there is certainly a process. You sift through the mess to get to the good stuff. You make it work.
Over the course of our lives, we will all find ourselves in those “make it work” moments at some point or another. I used to joke with friends and colleagues that we needed to invest in firefighter hats as we often found ourselves putting out hypothetical fires: a client gets bumped from a national television segment because of breaking news as they are sitting in the green room, a flight is rerouted because of bad weather and you have a crowd of people waiting for your client to arrive for a meet & greet, or you receive a security threat moments before a big event. It was our job to find a solution in those difficult situations.
Years ago, I was traveling with a news crew to film with one of our clients. We’d wrangled an exclusive two-day peek behind the scenes of their life. But a few hours in, another television crew showed up unannounced — a competing network.
Both crews started butting heads in heated arguments. Our producer was upset — calling the other team a variety of colorful names. Inside, I felt the same way. I wanted to scream, and it certainly would’ve felt good in the moment, but it wouldn’t have solved anything. Instead, I excused myself and spent the next several hours making calls and working with producers to find a solution. Eventually, we found a compromise that ensured the other network wouldn’t get the same footage. The entire schedule changed. The next two days brought some uncomfortable moments between each crew. I kept my personal opinions on the situation to myself as I had to manage the situation and make sure the crews weren’t stepping on one another. We all got through it and it worked out. Relationships remained intact. The segments for each network turned out. The book became a New York Times Bestseller. But, it was a headache as we found ourselves at the epicenter of the mess.
Sometimes it’s challenging to step back and stay calm in the heat of the moment or when life is serving you a dose of the unexpected, but it’s important to power through and remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
That light for us is being able to be steps to the water.
Months ago, when we made the decision to move, we talked about our hopes and dreams, the future we wanted to create for our children. While the decision was politically driven, we also wanted to be diligent that we were using the opportunity to create the life we always imagined for our family. That looks different for everyone and for us, it is a life at the beach.
Boxes, repacking, organizing another move – all are simply steps in the process to getting to the end goal.
Whether it is your career, relationship, or a relocation, take some time this week to keep your eye on the prize. If you find yourself sifting through difficult moments, take a step back and realize they are part of the process and not to lose sight.
Difficult moments exist to prepare us for the good stuff, so we are grateful for the journey once we arrive at the destination.
The conversation with my brother-in-law ended with me responding, “packing is never fun but you just buckle down and make it work.” My niece was in the room as we were having the discussion and he looked over at her and said, “see, sometimes you just have to do it, even if you don’t want to.”
In the words of Tim Gunn – Make it work!!!
Cheers to a new week.