20 years ago I got a job as an Administrative Assistant/Producer at a small local Christian TV station.
As a follower of Jesus, I had some major conflicts with this. I don’t subscribe to the “send us your money and God will bless you” brand of Christianity – but it wasn’t an area with a lot of jobs, and to be 100% honest, they paid me 40 hours a week to do 7 hours of work a month, so if anyone was taking advantage of anyone, it was most definitely me.
The two things I got out of this job that are still with me are a lifelong friend in my second boss, and my first boss introduced me to the book, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”
If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it. It’s a strange one, but it’s also excellent. The two most important things you will ever learn from this book (and the subsequent series) are:
- Always Carry a Towel
- Don’t Panic!
You’ll have to read the book for why you should always carry a towel, but I’m going to give you a real life example for the Don’t Panic bit.
Over the last year plus a little I’ve been attempting to make the improbable happen. (This is another thing from the book: Improbable does not mean impossible.)
Making the improbable happen for me, specifically, has been buying a 146 year old building that began it’s life as a saloon/brothel and turning it into a co-working space for entrepreneurs and other people who work from home + build a business incubator for women.
I don’t have the funds for this. I’ve never created anything like this before. The building is just a brick shell with no electricity, no plumbing and no heat. I, not so secretly, am flying by the seat of my pants on this one.
By nature I’m what my husband would call, a gunslinger. I move fast and it’s hard to keep up with me. My plans alter on a regular basis, and if you don’t pay attention, I’ll be 10 miles ahead before you realize it. (Classic Manifestor energy.)
This is good, but it’s also hard to manage on a long term basis.
The last year plus a little has brought me a lot of panicky moments. But what I’ve learned, and what I want to thoroughly help you see – as it works for literally everyone on every subject – is that trying to bend any situation to your will is not the way to deal with those panicky moments.
My current panicky situation:
I’m waiting right now to hear about the very large grant that I applied for. It’s all I think about.
What am I going to do if I don’t get it?
How in the world am I going to pay for all of the things my building needs AND get everything launched on my already getting tight timeline?
What if this was a bad idea after all?
And then I start breathing again, and remember that there is absolutely nothing else I can do to get this grant. I already applied for it. I already got letters of support from the mayor, a ton of other people AND my US State Senator.
I literally can’t do a damn thing about it.
But what I CAN do is keep working on the curriculum for the Business Incubator.
I CAN keep moving forward on other portions of the project.
I CAN refocus and let God have this one.
Because, full disclosure, after I submitted the paperwork, I told him (as I did when I decided I was buying the building), “I can’t wait to see how you make this happen.”
I meant it then, and I mean it now. I am trying desperately to force my will upon a situation that I have zero possibility of controlling.
So, instead, I’m going to not panic, let God handle the how and just do what I can, where I can.
If this resonates, share in the comments one thing that you are panicking about, and what you can do to refocus.