Facebook’s CEO, Tragedy and Healing

Have you ever been at work worrying about bills, heart broken over a break up, grieving over a loved one, or just ready to go home and pull the covers over your head?

Or maybe you couldn’t wait to get to work in order to escape what was happening at home?

Whatever the cause or reason, we all need healing from the darkest tragedies and demons in our past and present lives. 

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I stumbled on this article…

One of my favorite past times has always been reading magazines. Mix that with my secret passion for photography and angles and this blog post was born.

Sheryl Sandburg, the COO of Facebook,  writes about her experience dealing with grief and loss. While on vacation, Sheryl’s husband, then CEO of Survey Monkey, died. Sheryl began publicly sharing her family’s struggle with grief via social media. At the time, some of her most realistic and awkwardly uplifting posts went viral.

Sheryl writes:

I’ve long believed that we have to take our whole selves to work. Because it’s just not the case that we’re professional people during the day and emotional people at night and on weekends. Then when I lost my husband suddenly, I had no choice but to take myself to work – but I couldn’t get through a meeting in the early days without tearing up. 

 

Something about her sentiment bares a stark contrast with the rest of us who would have just called in sick for work or requested extra vacation days. For some people, a resignation what have been just as appropriate.

My “job” experience has often times been in a management position.

I recall my supervisor at Popeye’s telling me to remember that anyone and everyone can be replaced. 

Is that really the case though? Are we all expendable robots? I would at the very least like to be recyclable. At least then, you can shape me into something else you need. I digress.

This is part of the reason I am pro-business ownership for EVERYONE. Find something you like and then find a way to contribute to it. In Sheryl’s case, she had a prominent position and she absolutely did not have the choice to just quit.

Sheryl Sandberg the Mom…

What Sheryl describes is an environment where co-workers help one another and truly become a family. She didn’t mention dysfunctional family but I think most work places are.

Sheryl hopes to inspire a dialogue about being more of our true selves in our work environment. 

 

But what about the rest of us worker bees…

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My advice would be to inventory  your job and the company you devote your time away from family to. Is it a sustainable company? Does the company involve its employees in the ways it contributes to the community?

If the answer is no, you gotta go.

Sheryl has since written a book entitled “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy“. She is hoping that more employers are as understanding and supportive as Mark Zuckerberg and his team.

As a survivor of domestic violence, I am at peace to be involved with a company who cares about the issues that are most personal to me.

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Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In and COO of Facebook speaking
Photo Credit : Mark Condren – Sheryl Sandberg promoting her new book, “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy”

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