Things I Learned Today / Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Things I learned today…

I love it when I go to bed relatively early, fall into a deep sleep, then wake up in the night thinking it must be time to get up soon, and look to find it’s only 11:15 pm. Oh glory!

Still on track with my goal to eat at home every night this week. Tonight after work, I cooked pork chops, green beans, and mashed potatoes and gravy with scratch biscuits. So good! Tomorrow…tacos, rice, and refried beans!

I saw a post on a business owner account I follow on Instagram that said something to the effect of, “Leadership is not about being in charge. It is about taking good care of the people in your charge.” I really believe that. I hope they feel it. I think they do. We had a staff meeting today to prepare for registration and the upcoming season, and I got the kindest texts from a couple of them afterward. My heart is full.

That reminds me…a dear, precious soul who worked for me once acted a little aloof and withdrawn after her first few weeks on the job. When I asked her if she was okay, if the job was going well, if she was enjoying the work, if there was anything I could do…she cried a little and said she “was just waiting for the other shoe to drop.” She couldn’t believe the workplace could be that good, that people could get along, and that your boss could care about you and want good things for you. (Wow. Then I was crying.) Today, my newest member of the team sort of said the same thing. Her words: “I don’t think I’ve ever worked at a place where people genuinely cared about you. So if I act weird, I’ve never been to that place before.” (Wow.) I want to always work to offer love, encouragement, and the freedom to be successful to the people who work for (with) me. It is the well-being and success of each individual that makes the whole thing work.

I’ve worked for those places, too, though. Maybe that’s where I took the hard knocks and learned not to be THAT boss. People not only teach you what to do, they teach you what not to do, you know. And I’ll be honest…it’s weird thinking of myself as a “boss”. I guess I am. I just think of us as a team.

If you missed it, check out my blog post about the 5 things I’m wasting energy on. I had that light bulb moment this morning. It was worthy of its own post. I’m feeling liberated…but apprehensive. I still have to consistently put all that into practice before I can call myself reformed.

Tonight, my kitchen was for dancing. It was pineapple juice and Bacardi while I cooked…and Motown. I think you either like Motown, or you’re wrong.

That’s all. We learn everyday, don’t we?

Published by Amanda Herring, Writer

Practical wisdom, joys and pains, motivation and tough love, from the perspective of a Mississippi mom, traveler, business owner, goal crusher, substance seeker, and full-time dreamer

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