Last fall, we got this great idea to remodel our office building. It was time to scrub the 1980’s out of the place. I mean let’s be honest, some pretty awesome things emerged from the 80s:
The Breakfast Club
Rick Astley (he’s never gonna give you up)
1980’s pop culture good. But 1980s interior design? It was time to hop in our DeLorean and flux capacitor our way two and a half decades into the future. So the first full week of 2013, we hired a top notch contractor and set out to find the 21st century.
The first few weeks were exhilarating! Walls came down. Walls went up. I even swung a sledgehammer or two (for the photo-op, of course). There were high-fives, attaboys, and even a few Tim Taylor grunts of affirmation. Change was fun!
Then came week three.
Oak office furniture has become temporary folding tables. Carpet has turned into exposed, plywood subfloor. And the dust! It hangs in the air and coats our clothes until everything just feels dirty. Expected minor snags as well as on-the-fly creative brainstorms continue to push back our completion date. Those six week old cheers are slowly being drowned out by the incessant internal voices screaming “why did we do this again?”
There comes that point in any change when you start wondering if it’s worth it. The inconvenience gets old. The true costs start to become more evident. You wonder if you made a mistake. The anticipation of the future gets lost in the pain of the present.
I’ve been drawing some inspiration from the words of C.S. Lewis:
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
Change is always messy. But if you’re in the middle of it right now, take my advice. Throw some Phil Collins on the Walkman and just keep going. Scrubbing the 80s out of the place isn’t clean and easy, but there are better things on the other side.
Don’t quit. It’s just about to get interesting.