After the day I had Wednesday, I was reluctant to get up yesterday morning. But the stress that plagued the day before was a memory, and life went on relatively painlessly. I managed to organize most of a large project and get on with business as usual with another one. While neither situation is ideal, I've managed workarounds that are bearable.
However, if you'd asked me Wednesday if I loved my career choice, I might have cried. Or ranted on you, depending on the precise moment you asked, for it was a bit of a mess that unfortunately involved emotional baggage - the stuff I hate most and what least belongs in business dealings. No, Wednesday I was deep in a tunnel with no light in sight.
What I despised most about being a full-time employee was the politics and the unnecessary amount of time spent on reinforcing the pecking order that often goes on in organizations. What I enjoy about freelancing is the lack of pecking order (one writer, one client, roles pre-defined) and the huge decrease in political maneuvering. Yet even in freelancing, there are times when you get political struggles, pecking orders, or both. And yesterday was my day to be reminded that even in my safe little cocoon, life can get complicated with unnecessary struggles.
We're going to face that stuff sometimes. Maybe it's because we need to be reminded that there's a world out there we've all managed to avoid or escape or leave behind. Maybe it's because we've gotten too big for our britches and need to be knocked down a few pegs. Maybe it's the karma train arriving on Track 4. Whatever it is, it's how we deal with it that matters. In our world, pecking orders are someone else's problem and political struggles are restricted to one or two odd projects. Quite often, clients live pretty steeped in these environments. It's only natural they try transferring that to us. But we're the lucky ones - they take it with them when they go, and we're left to our blissful selves.
Have you had to deal with someone else's power struggles or hierarchical messes?