Today was the day that it truly sank in. Leaving a job you love officially sucks – check!
Some of the meetings I had today reminded me why I loved this job. In one meeting, I found myself surrounded by people that challenge each other to probe for a deeper understanding of “the facts.” In another, I was engulfed by the energy and excitement of creating something new and meaningful. And, as I walked to my last meeting of the day, I was reminded of the personal connections I had developed with some of my teammates. It was clear that I was invested not only in the work I do with these folks, but in the people themselves as individuals. Not sitting beside them, laughing together, and giving each other a good kick in the pants every now and then will be hard.
As I deleted my e-mails and removed meetings from my calendar, I re-read an e-mail I received earlier this morning from an individual I have grown to truly respect over the years of working with her. She wrote:
“You will be outstanding in this new role. I have no illusions that you have an easy task ahead, but the opportunity to create truly transformative change exists in volumes.”
It was a nice reminder of why I am taking on this new challenge. As hard as it is for me to let go (and part of my heart never will), I am glad I was able to learn so much from the team of people I worked with (in the broadest sense). The transformative change you will see ahead is, in large part, a result of the time we spent together.
Thank you all for making an impact. 3 days left, but many more ahead…
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