Moving a small 20 person law office, even three blocks up the street, is a demanding feat. Even when accomplished over Christmas break it is daunting and disruptive. I have learned some things from this business move that seem applicable to my 2013 Parkinson’s “moving” challenges.
If you intend to stay vibrant, dynamic and relevant as a business (or as a person), you must be prepared to grow. While it is easy to stay put in one’s comfortable surroundings, previously chosen premises, or patterns of living, will not typically remain appropriate. Moving often becomes a must. For people with Parkinson’s it is a necessity if we expect to maintain a reasonable quality of life.
2. Moving requires significant advance planning. In our case, changing addresses required almost a year. Finding out what we really wanted was critical. The planning needed to reflect the priorities of the people occupying the premises. There is no one-size-fits-all. We needed to know what was important, not just desirable? What was realistically doable? How would we make the transition from where we have been to where we want to be? Who needs to be involved in that process? What resources are required? All of these observations and questions apply to my own Parkinson’s disease planning.
3. No matter how well-planned, a move rarely happens without difficulty. Things aren’t quite ready on time. Aspects of the transition go slower than anticipated. Even our new offices have the inevitable blemishes and imperfections, especially after the movers have their way. Moving is very hard work if done correctly. And there will be some disappointments along the way. The same is true for people with PD. Despite our best efforts, satisfaction is never guaranteed. But then what is the alternative?