Like sands through the hourglass, so are the "days of our lives"
-McDonald Carey (Dr Tom Horton - Days of Lives sitcom)
And before you know it quite a number of days have passed since you've done a bit of writing!
TIME! Where have you gone?
We are smack-bang in the midst of the final throes of our financial year and as you know from previous blogs Lyndsey and I have contributed to, well amidst the introduction and systematic roll out of our new business model (SO exciting!). Some of you may be aware that we are also in full preparation mode for our HSQF audit and I am actively working alongside our wonderful Lachlan (GSL's Compliance lead) in getting us 'audit ready'. Ryan's working behind the scenes on linking information trails and prepping systems (our ICT guru extraordinaire) - so there's heaps of activity buzzing around this time of year.
Amidst all this, we are designing new portfolio's and roles with the aim on strengthening our team's ability to interact and collaborate autonomously and freely - the volume of activity / ideas / scoping and planning that's already evident is astounding. Team's really warming to this idea.
Such a good time to be part of GSL!
Over the past week our efforts have been around organising our next big team event. It's focus being completely set on our employees, getting to know and celebrating their diversity, backgrounds and interests. This is so important especially when we make connection and establish bonds - both are things vitally important to us as individual human beings and it becomes the glue that keeps us together during trying and challenging times.
Friday, 21st June 2019 is the official "Who are YOU?" team BBQ event and our team members are challenged to represent their interests, personality, talents, hobbies or anything they like by dressing up or adding an item of clothing that reflects self in some way. It also gives us an opportunity to show off some of the work that’s being done in the background as a result of April's "Awesome Day" team BBQ event (A LOT has been happening!!). I am SO excited and the energy around this has been evident on our communication platforms.
Last night I reflected on my week thus far, all the activity and energy, multiple conversations and discussions, strengthening partnerships in the Cairns community and, how days simply flow and disappear - well, I suppose exactly like "sands through the hourglass" then hey! By nature I am a planner and an organiser and my days are structured and per-planned so I am able to get through to do lists (and sub to do lists - haha). Yet I find myself adding to said to do lists lately (they have become extended maps of things to do rather than lists now 😝)!
I pondered on how my light touch interactions have become so much more valuable than powering through to do lists (and their subs!) and how rewarding days are as opposed to exhausting and draining. Don't get me wrong, there is still a very organised and neat little space in my notebook for all these to do lists - I am not entirely weaned yet!
However I do believe that one can extract joy and satisfaction from many other ways of adding value aside from the evident ticking off tasks.
This way the imperfect day become perfect!
Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. - Leonard Cohen