it’s 6:35 am and i’m wide awake. if it was a normal work day, that wouldn’t be a big deal. but it’s not. i’m on vacation. with my family. at the beach.
today is a big day at work. a project i’ve been working on for months launches today—without me. that’s very unusual. i’m the guy who sees things through. i’m the guy who is on standby and does whatever it takes to make things happen. i’m the guy everyone can count on.
but today, i’m not that guy. i’m mr. irresponsible.
i don’t like that name. one of my “strengths” is responsibility. today, mr. responsibility feels like mr. irresponsible.
in fact, i’m having to rely on others to make it happen. the reality is that there isn’t much i can do at this point. the responsibility lies with the skills and even job descriptions of others. but that still doesn’t make it easier.
in fact, today, i’m choosing to not carry that responsibility.
not because i’m a slacker. not because i don’t see things through. but because it’s not mine to carry at this point. i’ve done what i can do. and i have to lean into others to do what they can do.
that’s not easy for me. i feel guilty. i feel like i should email someone or offer to help with something. and i think for the first time in my 42 years, i’m beginning to see that doesn’t make me a valuable worker. it doesn’t make me indispensable. in fact, it makes me and even others around me, a little dysfunctional, unhealthy. they don’t get a chance to do what they need to do. they don’t learn to carry the weight of responsibility if i so often carry it for them. they don’t get a chance to shine and to prove just how amazing and valuable they are.
i’m sure there will be glitches. i’m sure there will be things that i need to take care of next week when i return. but for now, i have to choose to let those things rest in the hands of someone else.
maybe this is part of God shaping my perception of who i am. maybe this is part of Him undoing any false sense of “tim” that may be linked to what i do, instead of the core of who He made me to be.
because there’s something sacred in this choice—for me, for this time. there’s something divine in this surrender.
so today, while my brain whispers i’m irresponsible, i’m going to choose to believe that is a lie. that i have been responsible. i have worked hard over the past four months, and done what needed to be done to get this project to this point. and that trusting others to do what they do best is one of the best things i can do—for the project, for my co-workers and even for me.
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