I track the moon and its phases. Yup, I do. I even let people know when it's approaching on social media! I call it the Pre-Moon Syndrome (aka PMS)
When you're aware that we are in this phase, you'll notice that some things tend to be "off" more than usual around you....and sometimes you may get caught in the PMS tractor beam!
I started observing this 20+ years ago when working with my father in his dental practice. One PMS week, we had 6 emergency root canal appointment on people who we would never would have thought needing a root canal! The teeth were "hot" and abscessed. Pain relief was the name of the game. It was super strange and that's when I realized there was a full moon approaching!
Now, some of you might wonder what it would be like if the real deal PMS (the Pre-menstrual one) happens at the same time as this PMS.....ummmm, been there and done that, and when they link up, it's not pretty.
I can honestly say that every 3 months, I'll get hit with a PMS link up and my family wants to run away from me!
Add a high stress situation and I'm not myself at all. It's a fact. Not a pretty one at all, but a fact. Another fact is that sometimes, I don't even realize that it's going on until AFTER the fact...those are good days for sure!
My poor family!
This week we are in a Pre-moon Syndrome tractor beam. Major work audit underway - well the pre-audit phase leading up to the main event next week... Trying to be in the moment. Trying to breathe through each wave of stress as it comes. Feeling like I am failing at each attempt, but still, I go back to the practice for grounding. Feeling that I am not prepared one minute - feeling like I am fine and my work is fine and more than what was done 2 years ago at the last audit. An audit in my world is to get recommendations for improvement, but still the word audit alone brings about bad juju (thanks for one that IRS...PTSD from every story heard about that process). I was asked yesterday to speak at a symposium in a few weeks about the experience to create a dialog between the operators and the auditing companies...no pressure at all on top of everything else going on. What was I thinking?!?!
Inhale calm.....exhale random thoughts.....Inhale calm...exhale tension.
The feeling of being "off" is well, off-putting. The only thing to do is ride the wave until it passes. Trust the efforts being done are the best that can be done for this moment in time. Give grace. Be kind. Be compassionate to oneself. Been here before. This too shall pass.
Gratuity for the moment:
1) Grateful for mediation
2) Grateful for mindfulness
3) Grateful for checklists that keep me on task when I feel lost
4) Grateful for flexible work environment
5) Grateful for reflection on past observations
6) Grateful for my breath
7) Grateful for Spark friends for support & listening when I need to vent
8) Grateful for trusting myself and a high power - teamwork makes the dream work
Breathe in....breathe out...
Make the most of this moment, Sparkfriends!!