Let’s start with the definition.
/stäp/ – Verb: (of an event, action, or process) Come to an end; cease.
Last week was difficult.
Budget meeting, after budget meeting. Difficult conversation after difficult conversation. The days have started to run together and the weekends have become unmemorable because my mind stays in work-mode. I feel the weight of a great responsibility. Working with the managers in my department to capture the data needed to convey the contributions and priorities of their programs; to communicate their worth and value in no uncertain terms.
In some ways, I feel if they are underestimated in terms of value or short-changed in their budget request for the next year, it is partly my fault. So I keep pushing through. Reading and re-reading. Giving pointer after pointer.
I want this to end. The constant upheaval within the district. The ever-present anxiety that has existed within the organization for the past three years.
For a district which is in the midst of a crisis, the current circumstances has turned our eyes downwards. Focused in the minutiae of the present and looking back to the past to find the fault, assign blame and state regret. This at a time, when now more than ever, we need to be focused on the future. My concern is that our desperate urge to fix something now, to take action on something promised by a former administration, will take us off course from a future that could be brighter.
A district which has to be rebuilt from the ground up cannot focus on innovation so much as survival.
No Matter How Far You‘ve Gone Down The Wrong Road … It is NEVER too late to turn back. (Turkish Proverb)