Once upon a time, a potential client asked us to work with them. Their project description was beyond complete, with several very impressive attachments. The project? I got a massive headache.
First Clue I Shouldn’t Do It Even If You Paid Me: Body Talking
I never get headaches. Headaches are therefore–for me–good information. If your left foot never itches and you can’t stop scratching it, we’d say, “pay attention.” If we don’t listen when our bodies speak politely, they seem to get louder and louder, and that can just be totally unwelcome. So we’ve learned to welcome the body talking.
I took some Perelandra’s ETS+ for Humans, a subtle remedy for all kinds of trauma to the human system which comes in vinegar as well as brandy. And the headache went away, so I could focus on the potential client’s Application.
Second Clue I Shouldn’t Do It Even If You Paid Me: Projects Needs a Complete Overhaul
Immediately, the desire not to work on the project (without an overhaul) came back.
We’ve stopped asking for overhauls. What our perceived need for an overhaul usually means is that we’re not the right partner for the work. (Exception: a client asks us to partner with them on an overhaul, which is great.)
Here’s what I knew: 1. We might want to work with this person. 2. We didn’t want to work on this project as designed. 3. Our request for an overhaul would be unwelcome.
I trust what I feel. I just don’t always trust others’ hearing what I feel. I got scared. I asked for more information.
Third Clue I Shouldn’t Do It Even If You Paid Me: Would I Do It for the Squirrels?
“More information”–what a dodge! Old me cracks me up sometimes.
But stalling for time brought me new appreciation for my potential client, helped me clarify myself to myself, and most importantly, allowed time’s soothing waters to flow into the too-tight space between us and our potential client.
If I don’t feel it would be something I would do in the spirit of Saint Francis who said he would preach to the squirrels, it’s not right for me. The peaceful, ethical way I design projects allows a natural inflow of support into a structure prepared to receive it. It makes raising money easy. But if I take work that feels hard, and is going to be a struggle, I work against my own principles and my own energy and I make the project hard, to boot!