This spring, I seem to be surrounded by the extremes of life and death. We recently had a death in the family. Although it was expected, it was still a sad shock when it happened and prompted stories of younger, happier times. And one of my coworkers recently became a new father. That also was expected, but it brought a joyful shock and wonderful stories about his new daughter’s growth.
Woven through the rest of life are the smaller starts and endings. Editing the newsletter offers some as I start a new cycle and dig into new pieces by our regular contributors and new or one-time contributors. There’s always the deadline, that time when I must publish so that you’ll see the latest news and musings from our chapter.
There’s the work perspective, too, the anticipation of learning about the new or updated product and then putting the words together that describe how to use it. Then there are the sometimes anxious moments that follow, as we work so that our users will be successful–and meet yet another deadline, sometimes a bit too happy when the deadline slips.
One deadline affects all of us: Tax Day on April 15. The CPAs in the family are pretty happy that the deadline never slips. Although some years, feel almost dead when it arrives, they celebrate it!
The word “deadline” has a particularly chilling etymology. The notorious Civil War prison, Andersonville, had a “dead line” that was poorly marked and sometimes imaginary. Prisoners who crossed it were shot. Thank goodness we aren’t literally shot if we miss a deadline, even for Tax Day.
So I hope that you can celebrate all your deadlines and that you celebrate some birthdays or other fresh starts this spring!
I’m looking forward to seeing you soon at a meeting.
Marie McElravy, Editor
PS–As my personal critic says, this is not my most scintillating piece, but I’m on deadline….