We are due for a major storm with snow just starting. Since the meeting was cancelled, learned after I drove the 45 minutes on a preview 1/2 inch of slippery snow, I left to work from home. I tried to think my way out of this latest cloud while driving home, putting what I am experiencing now at work, and experienced in my work past, in perspective to what is really important. I'm not there yet, but here's what I came up with.
- No matter how successful I am at my career, how high I would climb the ladder, once I leave, no one will care or remember my contributions. New leaders come in, put their own mark, and any legacy left is merely a reference on old documents.
- For those that do remember me, it is better to be remembered with respect, and that my work was appreciated, and not that I had some title.
- Not being willing to sell out my own values to get ahead, kept me able to live with myself. While I'm not going to go anywhere career wise where I am right now, it is just a job, carrying out what needs to be done; I don't own any of the collateral outcomes.My job doesn't make me cry any more.
- Spending the emotional and physical energy I have wisely by investing my time in my family is a better proposition. Ensuring we have close bonds and traditions, or creating memories with new experiences, will last.
- I have more to contribute to the world than how I spend 9-5. Perhaps I just haven't found it yet. Maybe I have yet to find my real calling in life.
"Thankfully no one was injured and materialistic things can be replaced. With the bad comes the good and looking on the bright side of things, I am so unbelievably happy to finally be able to say I am officially a college graduate!! It has been an extremely challenging journey but I have never been more proud of myself. Thank you to all who encouraged me along the way especially my daughter, husband, family and close friends. I love you all! Cheers to the weekend!"