12 June 2008

Parting is such sweet sorrow...

Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetime, is certain for those who are friends. ~Richard Bach

When one starts a job I don't think there is ever any expectation of the kind of camaraderie I was privileged to be a part of at XYZMovers (not the real company name). But I will tell you this - for many years I spent every day with these fine people - so many interesting characters - wonderful friends. Someone today said to me that with FormerCFO leaving and now with me leaving it is the end of an era. In some way - I feel very much like a cocky young person going away from her family feeling like I can do better. I can do better, job-wise, but when it comes to friends - I don't know that I can ever surpass those friendships. If I can make new friends that can make me laugh and cry half as much as those people I shall be truly blessed.

I went in today - we had the luncheon - people said goodbye - a few people cried, which felt so odd - very humbling. I held it together until I was driving home and allowed myself to cry until I crossed the bridge. Then I agreed I wouldn't cry anymore. I would not squander this opportunity - I would make sure that I would return in December to visit my friends and have something to tell them - something that will make them proud. So that is my goal.

Thank you my friends - each of you has truly woven yourself into my heart and I shall never forget you or that which you have taught me. Promise.


Frog said...

Truly, congratulations. I am really proud of you (hope that doesn't sound a bit weird coming from a 'virtual-friend' !!) for going through with it. Change is one of the toughest things a person can go through (I should know having moved over 20 times!)... I'm looking forward to buying your first book (will you sign it for me?) which will be released sometime in 2011.

To quote a famous 'boxer' "Keep Moving Forward" (although he stole it from Walt Disney!) - take a breath first....

iFred said...

Good for you, Daisy! When it's time to move - MOVE. I haven't always followed that advice myself, but most times I have.

Listen to me; making it sound as if I moved from job to job frequently. In fact, I only had 3 full-time jobs in my 50+ years of working (If you consider self-employment a job, then I guess it's a total of 4 jobs for me.)

I always had the feelings I'm sure you are experiencing right now - a certain sadness offset with eager excitement over moving forward in your life.

I do miss many of my co-workers who were such good friends in each job.

I stayed on my first job for just under 2 years. I was afraid and apprehensive when I'd had enough, but I was glad to be out of that one.

The second job lasted for 10 years almost to the day. I enjoyed that one, but felt it was time to move on, so I did.

The last one, I would still be on except I was ready to retire after 24 years as a full-time employee and 8 years as a freelance vendor to the company.

The years between the second and third jobs, I was self-employed and I liked that, but I was made an offer I couldn't refuse. A great position, excellent salary with nice "perks," and the opportunity to build and staff my own department, from the ground up, within a corporation. I left many very good friends when I retired and I miss the daily interaction we had together.

I only have one more move to make in this life and I won't be deciding when that will be.