I’m supposed to be cleaning house. To my credit, I did start a load of sheets. This is how it will be from now on. Weekends to clean, grocery shop, Zumba, catch up on recorded programs, because Monday, I turn the “unemployed/retired” page, to “full-time employed” page. I will have to change my “about” on my blog and twitter. It’s been a journey from then until now, with my projects not yet completed, and my committment no less dampened, nor altered with this recent change. I have had time with my grandchildren, my children, my parents, and my husband, I would never had otherwise had. I helped my husband put on a benefit golf tournament that was successful enough to repeat this year. I spent time on myself, still feeling a little guilty about that, just because time for yourself always seemed so extravegant…and it is, but I have learned it is a necessary extravagance!
In my life and in my work, it has never been “just a job”. It has always been about what I bring to the equation, my skills, my strengths, my life’s experience. The time away from work, after years of working, made me value my life that much more, because I realized, I had much to contriubute to those I met and reconnected with over that time period. I forged closer bonds with family and friends, I reunited with cousins I had not seen in years. My life was made much richer, as a result.
So, before my meeting, I read a prayer I found on firstname.lastname@example.org which in part said this “…Lord, help me to remember that while my circumstances change, you are the same yesterday, today, and forever.” I don’t know what this new page in my book holds. I do know I made a connection in my meeting. I do know I am beginning a new area of law I have never dealt with, except in my own personal life…family law. I do know the attorney I will be working with has a quiet passion and expertise that speaks to how she approaches her clients and her work. She really had me in the first hour of our meeting.