Happy New Year
This message was sent to my co-workers outside of my office who I interact with every day. I need their help to be successful.
This year we have seen such a challenge within the IT field. Each one of you, all of us, worked very hard to keep the entire agency going, this was no easy task. We relied on each other tremendously. We needed each other for more than just the systems we support but to help work through the entire workforce coming at us from every side as we transitioned to remote working. Not only did we do that, and very successful I might add, but we did it while being fearful of the unknown. We had to come in to facilities that were recently shut down due to COVID. Some of you on this list are probably in the facility right now, I commend you. I commend each one of you for the hard work you did and continue to do.
Yes we continue to have challenges; but I have no doubt that we will see each other through all of them as we have these last several months. Thank you for being there for me, I know I ask a lot, and you have always delivered.
All I am asking as a favor, think of it as a Christmas gift to me, is that you take time for yourself. A day, a week, or just a weekend, and reflect on the successes. Drown out the fear of failure, the concern of the dropped balls or missed meetings, by focusing on what you accomplished this year. While you are home, step away from the work often and look outside; no, go outside and separate yourself from the demand to always be there and to always be available. Learn to turn off the work day and transition to non-work just like you used to do before March. Put down the work, it will be there later.
Fight the loneliness of being alone this season by reaching out to check on your neighbors, family and friends. Use the free Zoom and many of the other products on your personal phone, tablet, or computer to stay connected to others.
My wife and family, The Todd Squad, wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday and new year season. May you find more laughter, more successes, and more strength in the coming year.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman