I'm thinking that perhaps life is what happens while you're waiting to recover....or something to that effect.
I (suddenly??) realize that it's been almost THREE YEARS since my bone marrow transplant and I'm still waiting for NORMALITY to resume. I think I need to redefine normality, oui? Probably this IS my new normality...duh.
Actually, that about sums up my marketing education right there. I've had no formal education on the topic, nor any actual work experience in the field.
I've been a marketing-wannabe for a very long time, though, and a big fan of great marketing ideas and design. So, reading Seth's blog is generally just me-being-a-groupie. I'm a shameless fan!
This past Monday, however, his entry hit me like a bucket of cold water over my head.
He talked about...
No, not pants! He's talking slack as in:
slack [slak] -noun
- A period of little activity; a lull. (or)
- Unused capacity
His post basically asks the question....what do you have to show for your "unused capacity"? Or, perhaps, what could you do with your "slack" time in the future?
My first reaction was to start kicking myself (something I'm quite accomplished at) for not having more "to show" (my words, not Seth's) for the last three years. Then I started thinking of the things that I DO have to show for my time. I realized that my capacity had not been totally unused. Whew! No need to bring out the cat-o-nine-tails! (Just kidding!!!)
Thinking on this further, however, I began to feel the beginnings of some "fire in my belly". I want to have more to show for my slack time...however much I have left of it. By that I mean -- while I am still off work. I actually do work, it's just unpaid. I take care of my two granchildren, so that my daughter can work part time and go back to school. This is a role I cherish and a gift that I am thrilled to be able to give. All that said, I do have some slack time and I may be re-thinking how I'm spending it. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, Seth's suggestions are brilliant....great advice for anyone.
I'd love to hear what you think about the topic!