By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter
"I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow."
Over the years, I've watched Gone With The Wind many times. Read the book at least ten. And, as I've gotten older and gained experience, my perception of Scarlett has changed. (I wince at the racism...but it was written by a southerner, from a southern perspective about the war.)
Say what you will about her methods, she used what she had and she got things done. She came flouncing across my mind on a long drive back from Oklahoma recently. I had just spent a week sitting by my mom's bedside at the hospital...when I wasn't running madly around rural Oklahoma taking care of the myriad details associated with a parent's transition from independence to "assisted living."
Tons of data, lots of details, and a crash course in the joys of Medicare. Sad, bad, and a bit scary, I admit. However, what got me through (and is still working for me as I plan mom's move to Albuquerque), is my biz background in managing complex projects and all kinds of people.
One.Step.At.A.Time. Keeping the end goal in sight at all times. Just as Scarlett did in keeping her family alive and holding onto Tara.
The things I just couldn't/can't think about right now...well, that's background processing. I think about it tomorrrow. And, lo and behold, tomorrow really is another day.
I'm headed back to Oklahoma this weekend...hmmm...maybe I should take that old copy of GWTW.