There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus, Part I of III
There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus, Part I of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved
Privately working with students and experienced court reporters a theme appears with each person. A desire is born. A wanting is experienced. Boundaries are removed. Fences (insecurities) are lowered.
Individuals who have been on autopilot seek to regain their private and professional world. How? Ah, grasshopper, this varies with each person and with the circus.
The circus, as I coin the term, is the whole enchilada. It is the noise, the chatter, the bright lights, and the colorful people you permit to join your festival.
When we watch our own circus we are able to see the excuses (I include myself here, too), the shoulds, woulds, needs, and wants – which also include other people’s needs and wants.
Often we allow the currents, typically swift, to move us powerfully into directions we might not have desired.
How does that happen? My opinion is that we set out with the best intentions.
The tenacity for this profession, and the well documented 92 % failure rate in court reporting schools, ensures that those who successfully complete the program are disciplined.
Our “best intentions” may become overwhelming when we check e-mail, return calls, and begin the daily commute to work or to the home office (that can be tricky, too).
And I have not included essentials like food and equipment that “needs” to consistently work together to ensure a record or a test with the “needed” passing score.
When changes occur, we respond.
Other people’s forest fires may quickly become inroads into our circus.
Work forest fires may require that we step up to the plate and quickly move our established boundaries.
Did an expert witness appear without full communication to all parties?
Is an ill jury member altering the week’s schedule for the courtroom?
Remote CART providers and broadcast captioners may experience (audio) problems – beyond their control – that may not be resolved for extended periods of time.
“This just in” quickly shifts boundaries or schedules.
The circus comes to town with the blink of an eye.
In realtime, we then work to cope with ensuing changes.
My opinion is that this relates to our personal world, too.
Part II of III is posted March 20, 2012, on Monette’s Musings at www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
Part III of III is posted March 29, 2012, on Monette’s Musings at www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
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