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What to do when colleagues get retrenched

May 22, 2011


Libica or the Libyan Sibyl named Phemonoe was the prophetic priestess who in Classical mythology foretold the ‘coming of the day when that which is hidden shall be revealed.
Our agency has just suffered another retrenchment wave. I hope that those who have been retrenched find peace and see this challenge as an open window, not a closed door. Easy for me to speak but I do wish that on my friends. And I hope that we who have been spared the Sword of Damocles are prepared for the challenges which lie ahead. A lighter staff contingent equals a heavier workload sans remuneration.

I am now more committed than ever to follow the fourth of Don Miquel Ruiz’s Four Agreements. Always do your best, no more and no less than your best. Everything is alive and changing so your best will vary in quality. You may be ill one day, healthy the next; your moods might change or the circumstances in which you operate. You may be refreshed in the morning and fatigued at night. All these factors will influence the result of your labour but needn’t influence your effort to always do your personal best. 
No criticism can follow a personal best and I guess the interest of one’s own company is paramount but I also hope that our management team is assured they made the best decision; one I am for once grateful I did not have to make.
City of York, Sept 2008. The street artist who recreated Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” – Martin Luther King.

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  1. Wow Clouds, thank you for introducing me to Don Miguel Ruiz's 'Four Agreements'. I particularly like that it allows for life and is not unrealistically idealistic: "Everything is alive and changing so your best will vary in quality." Because so often it feels like one's best isn't good enough for those who seem to demand it – but maybe one should focus on it being good enough for oneself?(Yes, yes, "one" is 'me'.) As usual, your post has buoyed me up. Tk u. xx

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