Yep, we made it. We survived the two and a half day All Staff Conference – not only survived it, but it went wonderfully. The reason for the title, though, is that of the last four days, two have been ten-hour-plus days (the Conference started Monday night and ran through Thursday lunch), and all the mornings have been earlier than I’m used to. Plus, being an occasionally extroverted introvert, while I loved all that people time, people are exhausting for me.
In spite of being wiped out, my brain was bubbling over with thankful things last night – I had nowhere to write them, so here they are as best I can remember:
- music, so many forms of wonderful music over the past four days
- laughter – laughing till my face hurt, and hearing two hundred co-workers laughing along with me
- community, gathering, sharing, building
- having the courage to get to know so many new people – and finding so many of them wonderful [because of the structure of the nation-wide organization I work for, I have not met most of the field staff, in spite of having worked at headquarters for fifteen months, so many of my co-workers were new to me]
- gathering in prayer – holding the hands of brothers and sisters in Christ whom I had just met, but having our faith and work in common (I love working for a Christian organization)
- people being willing to make fools of themselves, so we could all laugh and cheer and bond – the phrase that kept running through my head last night was “it worked! I can’t believe it worked!”, in reference to the team building activity for the entire staff that my team has been deeply involved with planning for nearly a month (perhaps more on that later, perhaps not, we’ll see)
- it worked! 🙂
- a co-worker willing to share her basement futon last night so I didn’t have to drive an hour home after the concert following the awards ceremony last night finished up at 10:30
- team work – sharing the load, complementing eachother’s talents, getting it done together
- smiles from new friends
- peppermint tea to help keep me awake during the informational sessions
- being able to push past the stress (and don’t let the post-wrapup glow make you think there wasn’t any of that!) and do what needed to be done
- and lastly… that, good as it was, it is over. 🙂 Theoretically, it will be much less stressful at work for a while…
Thanks for reading, and for being patient with a post-less week this week. Hopefully you all had a good one – it would be great if you’d share!