Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Slip out the Back, Jack

Someone figured out that I now have 33 days left to work before my retirement day. After 40 years, I am happy to step out of a high pressure but very rewarding leadership position. I am thrilled that a person I have mentored for seventeen years in two different settings is next in line for my job. I am proud of the employees I hired and have watched them grow into amazing and productive leaders, themselves. I am blessed to have worked with a group that believes in honesty, compassion, integrity and effort. I am pleased that our organization has undergone significant changes, is thriving and focused, and is ready for new, young vigorous leadership. We are all pointed in the right direction. I feel good about the work I have done over the years and know that the time is exactly right for me to move on. I am looking forward to my next endeavor - whatever that may be . I will miss the big salary, but I am intrigued by the challenge of living simply on less. I didn't expect to feel nostalgic or a bit sad at this juncture - but I do.

9 comments:

Cloudhands said...

There is something bittersweet about endings and beginnings all at the same time. There is also joy in the mix. For whatever reason I have always loved these transition times, so I wish you well as you enter a new stage in your life.

Ralph said...

This looks the bones of a nice valedictory speech--hope you give it! And don't worry about the smaller income. You'll be amazed at what you can do with less. Our own experience has showed us the truth of what everyone before us told us. I know you'll do well!

Tabor said...

I did not leave a job I loved nor felt that the people I had worked with were honest and team players but even then my retirement was bittersweet.

One Woman's Journey said...

Living simply on less - is wonderful. You have wonderful memories - but maybe the best is yet to come!! I am hoping it is true for you as it is for me.

Maggie said...

I have found that I dearly miss my friends, but I don't miss the hours or the work at all. Retirement is heaven, and you are going to love it just as I do.

Dolores said...

You were and are truly blessed to have a job that you love, and to be leaving it in good hands.
I totally understand your melancholy feelings, but new beginnings are exciting!

Phuong said...

very popular to u! ........................................

Brighid said...

Change can be scary or another adventure. I vote for adventure...
have a great weekend.

Bringing Pretty Back said...

What an exciting time! A new beginning, although I can imagine how sad too. I am so excited to see what you will do next. Keep us posted!