Well, it had to happen. These things have a way of creeping in and we're now at that point where something has to change (I realise some people reading this are worried about what is coming next!).
Atonement is often spoken about in terms of our faith; we talk about atoning for sin, for the reconciliation of humankind to God through Jesus as our atonement.
Today I’m talking about atonement, but in a different context. There is an understanding in the Step office about my IT skills - or to be more specific, an understanding that my computer skills are not great, or even good, and in some cases completely absent! I have managed over the years, but the truth is that my attitude to learning these skills is poor. I don't understand the language most of the time and to be honest, I couldn't see the benefit of taking the time to learn as I was never convinced it would speed up the processes I use in Step in the long term.
But now. Well. Now the diversity of what Step can offer each school is growing, the number of volunteers who help us to make all of this happen is bigger than ever and I'm in a position where unless I do something different, I will sink.
To atone for my bad attitude towards learning anything to do with my computer, I will now make a concerted effort to learn, understand and use the Step database (I have been putting this off for a long time). The old way of doing things won't work and something needs to change. I know I'm not the only one to have found themselves in this place like this. It is not comfortable - but it has to happen.