This is about the only time of year I share the same post on my personal and professional blogs. This has a few changes from the personal one, but not many, because the thinking is the same and because the whole person goes to work.
Every year I join #olw – One Little Word with Ali Edwards. In 2017 my word was ‘prepared’ and it was perfect for me; you can read about why I chose it here. In previous years I have had intention, mapping, balance, calm, and determined. My word lives on the wall by my desk, as a reminder of what I want to do and who (how) I want to be.
This year my word is ENOUGH.
On Twitter, and as part of my word with Kotuku and LIANZA conference etc, I sometimes talk with people about Imposter Syndrome. I tell them they are good enough, smart enough, prepared enough – they *are* enough.
I’ve been following The Aunties @whaeapower, mainly tweeted by Jackie Clark, for some time now. Recently Jackie has been in the media a lot, talking about giving what people they need, not what we want to give, about society’s desire for recipients to be seen to be ‘grateful’ for any old rubbish people hand out, and much more (very loose paraphrasing – please search for original articles if interested such as this one). Enough ties into this in a way I can’t yet articulate.
It means the people I meet at work are enough, no matter what they are doing, why they are in the libraries and whatever they are using our services for. It’s not up to me or my staff to judge their needs, their use of their leisure time, their computer skills. They too are enough, even if they are wanting to be/do more.
So what does enough mean for me? It means tackling my own occasional Imposter Syndome, but a lot more besides. It means:
I am prepared enough.
I am organised enough.
I am capable enough.
I am doing enough in the wider profession.
I am skilled enough to apply for a promotion if I choose to pursue one (wow, that’s a biggie!)
I *am* ENOUGH!