Birthing seems to be as messy in an R & D lab as it is with babies. And since this one is triplets, it has an extra bit of drama.
First up will be the album on PTSD. It has been an interesting process to go from a superficial understanding of the symptoms to digging deep into spiritual, cultural and neurological roots of the problem. What we found was a very different picture from the cultural stereotype.
Then we built it back out into a strategy for mental health that is much broader than simply PTSD for veterans. This album has both a solid track for dealing with the core issue of war trauma and a huge grab bag of tools anyone can use at home for a brain that does not always think the thoughts you want it to think.
It has been fun recording this considering the awful battles I used to have with depression. I had no idea I had picked up so many useful tools over the years until I wove them all together. It was also quite gratifying to see how many years it has been since I had to fight that fight.
Other than the redemptive gifts (since everyone has one), I don’t think I have released anything with the universal appeal that this teaching has (since we all have a mind/brain and they are all predisposed to be a source of irritation to us at times).
This one will be first up. Gabi has hundreds of albums on the shelf, ready to go. Megan should get the store page built by mid morning and the download page built before noon. We always enjoy watching the first sale, wondering where in the world it might come from.
Right on the heels of that one is “An MRI of Fathering.” It is the first of our expected series for leaders. What surprised me as the notes came together was how one or more core passions stepped in front of the other.
This is, of course, obviously about fathering in the marketplace (and at home). And this is a passion of mine. No question. I have a lot to say on the subject.
But another passion that runs deep is giving the gift of dignity. And I found that this set was heavily tilted toward showing the HR director where imperfect people could fit in a company.
At the end of the day, everyone has Type A father wounds. Everyone. None of our parents evenly fathered us in all areas. So depending on which wound you have, you are not suitable for certain applications, but in most cases, there are specific areas where someone with a pretty bad deficit in one area or another can still thrive.
I used my own major deficits at level four and six to demonstrate how it is possible to do a workaround and thrive, simply by positioning myself in certain areas and not in others.
Most people will learn a lot about themselves listening to this set, and will be able to see how their spirit and the Holy Spirit have been gently nudging them toward workable slots over the years.
The gift of dignity. It is actually the theme that ties the two albums together, because few things rob you of dignity as quickly as a runaway mind. When you have the tools to bring your thoughts into submission, that restores hope and dignity in a large way.
So Megan is the ball carrier today. All the rest of the team will be running interference for her. We expect to have both of those albums live by noon. The cut off for shipping today is orders placed by 2:30 p.m.
Then she will turn to the face of the website. Hanna made some new pretties last week before leaving on her well deserved mini-retreat with a mighty woman of God. Tim has been working away this week writing code for the rotators. But at the end of the day, Megan has to put it all together and make it work.
Then she needs to do final formatting on the new Internship policy, load that onto the back panel and put the appropriate link on the home page.
Each step of the way, she will notify the team of another completion and we will cheer her on. We work really hard around here, but I’ll tell you what! We’re not half bad at parties either — big, little, spontaneous and planned.
In the early afternoon she will take another pass at the Australian office website. Sandy has done her usual masterful job of finding missing letters and pixels and almost all of those got cleaned up yesterday, but there are a couple more tweaks on the table.
We are awaiting a late afternoon phone call from Lois to nail down the shipping structure. That one has been a challenge. Australia just raised their rates about 30% across the board, and we are squirming and wiggling within that reality to find the most cost effective way of delivering products.
Depending on what Megan and Lois hammer out late afternoon, we may or may not launch the Aussie site today. That would be our third birth, if it happens. It might get rolled over to next week.
That leaves a ridiculously small hole in the afternoon for Megan to build the newsletter. This has become an increasingly costly endeavor and e-mail platforms have diversified. We are faced with a tradeoff between pretty and universal.
The form we use is designed to be readable on all computer platforms, whether you use Outlook, read it on the web, download it to your desktop or whatever. That severely cramps our style however, and we are addicted to style.
Yes, no matter how we configure it, there are always people who can’t click on the extra link, or who don’t go to our website to get the one posted there. Aggravating. Between people who don’t follow directions, technologists who take pride in making things that won’t shake hands with anyone else’s program in the world, and our love of elegant configurations, the newsletters are not much of a source of joy around here.
Regardless, we have the character to grind when we can’t soar and Megan grinds with the best.
And, hopefully, around 4:30 this evening she will hit the go button and tell the world we have some new goodies.
Meanwhile, watch the comments here for the real time progression throughout the day.
Copyright May 2013 by Arthur Burk
From The Hub