I chatted to Karaj. He is fed up with the Sikhs messing around and not taking control of their lives. This ties in with phone conversations I had yesterday with Dev and Simran. Dev was showing his emotional side again with a work issue: ‘It’s great one minute, then it’s daunting’. I told him to forget the emotions and just get on with the job. After the call to Simran I had the feeling he is trying too hard. I checked this with Karaj. Simran is trying too hard and he could do with easing off a little. However, Karaj added, at the moment it is okay because, in a way, that’s all he can do.
George and Harriet arrived and within minutes my office was in chaos as the two of them spread out their paperwork. I began to feel resentment at this and then I relaxed and just observed. It was enough just to see what was going on, what was being created. I didn’t need to be affected by it (forget the emotions) and, with that thought, I wasn’t.
For the next two hours I prepared everything for the Wednesday Supervision Group. There was much to be done: food to prepare, bread to buy, agendas to be input, the procedure to explain, printer to test (feedback from George on this last point was ‘systematic and very effective work’).
Because I was not affected by the chaos and emotions from earlier, I could function very well in all of this. I delegated, listened to suggestions, took responsibility, involved others, made them accountable, challenged them when they were not good enough (Ishwar). The group itself was a long one – finishing at 02:00 – but we covered all 20 items on the agenda. I was fully involved and contributed throughout.