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Something (inevitably) better

Last September, I wrote a short poem after a shocking conversation with a manager–not my manager, but a manager.

I concluded my poetic reflections on my moment of revelation thusly:

That moment,
the end;
the beginning
of something

A couple of months later, I wrote “O, Wondrous Manager,” a letter to my hypothetical/ideal manager. I revisited it this morning with a grin, ’cause today I’m beginning day three of a new job with just such a manager and a fantastic team, having transitioned over from a contract role in another team (with an also rockin’ manager).

In May, I wrote a surprisingly upbeat post about how childhood poverty shaped my thinking about work. I needed a job, any job, at all costs, to avoid living in adulthood as I did in childhood.

This morning, reflecting on the last fourteen months, I find myself grateful for that shocking conversation with a manager last September.

I might still be trundling down the same old fearful path if he hadn’t delivered his message so very loud and clear!

That conversation freed me. It paved the way for me to be where I want to be,
instead of where I fear I must be,
and I am so very thankful to
now be living something
not only (inevitably)
better, but grand
in its own right.

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  1. December 17, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Your message power is strong, Grasshopper…

  2. December 17, 2015 at 6:01 am

    That’s great news! 🙂

    • December 17, 2015 at 10:04 am

      I suspect I’ll be grinning for a while, even through the strangeness of shifting gears so completely! 🙂

  3. December 17, 2015 at 6:03 am

    It is always amazing the lessons that come to us from such unexpected places, and so glad that you are working, and not from a place of fear that you MUST have a job, but that you have found a place to enrich your life along with providing for your family! 🙂 Congrats on day 3 and cheers to many successful years!

    • December 17, 2015 at 10:06 am

      Thank you on all counts! I recently had lunch with a friend who knows the manager who inadvertently nudged me down this road.I told her I’d never have imagined feeling so profoundly glad for said manager’s message, but that now I find myself thankful for it at least once a day. Good lessons come in many shapes and sizes, eh?!

  4. December 17, 2015 at 6:42 am

    What a joy, to like who you have to spend most of your day with. I’m so happy for you.

    • December 17, 2015 at 10:08 am

      It’s more than that! I typically like bunches of folks no matter where I am at, but the single most important thing to me is having a manager who’ll inspire and challenge me. Heck, I don’t even have to like ’em as long as I get that … but the liking sure doesn’t hurt!

  5. December 17, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Good luck with the new team!

  6. December 17, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Absolutly beautiful and uplifting.

  7. Holly
    December 17, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Such awesome here 🙂

  8. December 19, 2015 at 6:27 am

    There is indeed hope for the rest of us then:-). Happy Holidays and congrats on the new and positive team.

  9. December 28, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Awesome, Deb.


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