This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday– write for five minutes on a one word prompt. The prompt today is “work.”
One of the greatest joys and challenges I face at work is working as part of a team. I love the people I work with- we get on well, we have fun together and we pull together- but it can be challenging at times just because our personalities are so different and our minds work in different ways.
One person in particular is full of big ideas- sometimes fantastic ideas, sometime over-ambitious. I love his passion and his enthusiasm, but I also struggle because our minds respond to these ideas in very different ways.
He sees the big picture, and his vision is one of excitement and possibility. I see all the detail, all at once, and it hurts.
He has a dream for the future, for what the outcome will be, for how amazing it will be if these plans come to fruition. I see all the steps it will take to get there- the work and the time and the resources and the challenges, and it becomes overwhelming.
It’s been a learning process for both of us.
Firstly to understand that our minds work in different ways and that’s just how we’re made. I have had to learn that he processes verbally- that often when he talks he is thinking out loud, so he’s not expecting all of his ideas to become reality. He has had to learn that I process inwardly- so when I’m quiet, it’s probably because I’m thinking, and when I say something it is not thinking aloud, but something I’ve already carefully considered.
We’ve also had to learn to appreciate one another. It’s good to dream and have big visions, but the detail of what it will take to make it a reality is important too. I have learned to take a step back at times to consider the potential of his ideas without focussing on the detail. He has learned that when I comment on the challenges of making the dreams a reality that I’m not trying to be negative, and that often I am raising important points that need to be considered.
Teamwork is great, but it does take effort. It definitely takes work to work as a team, but we need each other, and in the end it is worth it.
If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. (1 Corinthians 12:17-18 NLT)