A Test of Courage
What is all this about? Well, what I mentioned awhile back has come to pass. When I started working at the law firm 2-1/2 years ago, we had two attorneys at our branch of the firm, a husband and wife team. Shortly after the beginning of the year, the wife resigned to accept a position with another firm, for a variety or reasons, that I need not go into. Let's just say there were valid issues and concerns that prompted her to do so. Today, her husband also resigned, effective immediately, following some failed attempts to negotiate other arrangements that would be mutually beneficial to both the attorney and the firm.
Our branch of the firm operates at a level requiring a support staff of four. We have been short one support person since last February. So we have been only three, covering the work of four, and one of those also taking on some of the legal aide roles to relieve the overload of having just one attorney instead of two. So where does that leave us now? With no attorneys and just the three of us to try to keep things afloat while they find and hire another one, and we help get him or her up to speed.
That doesn't sound so incredibly daunting, other than yet more work overload, but tomorrow morning the head attorney and owner of our firm will be arriving to handle things for the time being. Without telling tales, let's just say working with him gives new meaning to the word "challenging". I do not look forward to it, we dread it, it doubles our levels of stress in facing what making this transition involves. It is not as simple as taking down one "shingle" and hanging up another. There are all sorts of paperwork changes, notifications, etc. that must be sent out, in addition to informing our many clients as they call in or we contact them. It will make them very nervous. It makes us very nervous too.
There is a very real likelihood that one of my coworkers will tender her resignation and jump ship. She would not likely have a problem in finding other suitable employment with far less stress than a lighter workload than she has currently been carrying, not to mention all that will be added in the days ahead. What then? Where does that leave us? With two struggling to get everything demanded of us done? I am sixty, I am old, I am already tired. Just the thought of what lies in the days ahead leaves me feeling numb and exhausted. It is not going to be easy, it is not going to be fun.
That being said, can I talk myself into getting up tomorrow, facing it head on, and trying to get thru it, make the best of it for the time being? I can honestly say that tonight I do not want to, I want to say enough, throw in the towel, and stay home. If only that were a possible option. It is not, and job positions for old women are hard to come by. So I will do my best to rally the troops, keep a lid on the big boss, and move forward toward calmer days.
"It isn't what happens to us, but how we respond to it that makes the difference." That's the message I so often preach. "Don't give up hope... one foot in front of the other... one day at a time," and all of that. Now we shall see what I'm made of. Can I win the challenge, or will I walk away in defeat? Stay tuned as this story unfolds.