I have a secretary out all week on bereavement leave. In addition, I learned yesterday that one of my more experienced secretaries – the assistant to the administrative partner – gave her notice and won’t be back in the office. This news came out of left field – no one expected it. If you’ve read my blog a while you probably know a little something about the stress this causes me.
When I went to check the mail at the first secretary’s desk this afternoon, I noticed a quote she had pinned to her cube wall and jotted down a note to look it up so I could copy it when I got back to my own desk. Yes, I thought it was that good.
From earlier posts about my work you regular readers know I like to post stuff that inspires or encourages (or amuses) me. Since I’ve never watched the Rocky movies I’d never heard this before, but it now holds a prominent place on my wall, with pertinent parts highlighted:
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much can you take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!
~ Rocky Balboa
So here I am trying really, really hard not to be a coward about the departing secretary and what that means for the future.