Most of the time, I’m on my own.
I live alone. I work for a small company whose employees all work out of their homes in various parts of the country. While I’m blessed with wonderful friends and family, I make nearly all my decisions on my own. I problem-solve, create, console, change, evaluate, toss and ship all by myself.
Sometimes I wonder if I took that saying “If it’s to be, it’s up to me” a little too seriously.
Today I met with two co-workers. I shared some fledgling ideas for an upcoming project. Their ideas, questions and enthusiasm reframed my whole way of thinking. Best of all, I loved the feeling that I had partners in crime. I had two conspirators who are just as willing to break the mold and make something better as I am. Monday, I’ll watch those ideas get even better as I share them with two other coworkers from a different part of the country.
There’s probably a lesson here for the rest of my life too. I may make sensible decisions on my own, but I bet I could create an awesome kind of trouble with the right conspirators.