First, thank you. Thank you for spending time reading Shazzi’s Short Short Blog. And now, I bounce once on the diving board, flip, and dive headlong into HOT MESSNESS.
We all have circles. A set of friends, business partners, a group or network to which we belong. For the most part, each circle has a leader and/or vision that guides the flow and direction of said group. This narrative is going to recount some activities of a certain group that really worked well together and made serious headway as it relates to influence and branding. A top notch company.
The part I am going to address is there always seems to be one. One that repeatedly has to be given extra. Extra attention, extra direction, extra instructions, extra re-direction. Just extra!! Although I hadn’t joined this particular network when this one required the extra; I have heard about his misdeeds and read about his extra-ness in the meeting minutes. Why would he even be allowed to be a part of anything associated with this membership?
The leadership states the vision; this guy states an opposite vision. The leader says peace; this guy gets violent. And then when the pressure is on and it’s crunch time, this guy gets missing. When he is located, he acts like he isn’t, nor has never been, a part of this awesome group of individuals.
When I read over the record of the meetings he was a part of, it’s hard for me to reconcile the way the headship treated him with the way it would be recommended that leadership addressed him today. It almost doesn’t make sense. Unless…Unless that is a function of the group, as in, one of the group’s purposes. Maybe the record I’m reading is to not demonstrate this guy’s loyalty but the loyalty of the leadership. Maybe it’s to let me (and others) know that when I agreed to become a part of this membership, the membership came with certain membership rights. So that when I am the under miner of vision, or acting emotionally immature, or hiding my membership, I can know in my knower that the leadership won’t give up on me. Even when other members want to withhold benefits that the Leadership says, “No,” and sends for me by name. Specifically. I still have a seat at the banquet and an invite to the wedding.
So maybe Peter being a hot mess turned out for my benefit after all. For our benefit. Because as long as today is today, we have an opportunity to line back up with the vision; to walk in peace, and acknowledge who our Leadership is. In spite of our own hot mess moments.
And that concludes this headlong jump into the hope and encouragement of Hot Messness.