Settle down, class. The subject today is power. I hope you came suitably prepared.
I’ve been trying for several months to change something that, if I’m honest, cannot be altered. Fighting lost causes has been a thing for many years, mostly because there’s this will within to just keep pushing, in the hope that maybe eventually the tide can be turned. Is this a Canute and the Ocean situation? Yes, quite possibly, but until there’s been this one last push… and it has to happen…
An appointment has been booked for 11.30am next Wednesday. There’ll be some work done, at the weekend, to firm up what it is I want to say. Then, I have to hope that the person who promised to be here on that date does indeed turn up, or I’ll be forced to go and start a formal Dispute procedure… and nobody wants that. It’s not like there’s much that can be used to to persuade these people to even listen to me anyway.
In this case, a Social media rant is not the answer.
Power’s a tricky thing to grasp. Forget for a moment about dynamics and players, there’s the bigger issue of overstating your own importance in situations where on any given day you’re simply part of an enormous, largely irrelevant whole. Having spent several years labouring under a misapprehended belief I had the ability to change something that would never, ever have taken place? I still haven’t learnt the lesson
Even if all this effort comes to nothing, I have to try. This is not about making headlines as ‘the woman who took on X and won’ and never will be. This remains the need to ensure I am true to my own ethical code. If something is important enough to stand up and say in one place, that should be the same for anywhere else, regardless of the consequences of doing so. If I don’t try, I’ll never know.
All you can ever do is your best, as I keep telling my son and daughter. If it isn’t enough for other people, that’s their problem to deal with and not yours.
I have a plan. Let’s see how things go.