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A new life needs a place to grow

Today is the winter solstice. This night is the longest of the year, and now we move toward the light. I just said goodbye to a huge chapter in my life. I knew it was coming and I tried to prepare myself. Months ahead, I wrote a note in gold Sharpie and carried it with me taped to my phone. It said: “Debra ~ Focus on the opening door.” That was to keep my heart from breaking while I said my goodbyes. But as I look around, I realize that the opening door I imagined is not the door to my current home office. That space is stuffed with books and papers. To make any kind of progress, I have moved my work, my laptop, notebooks and ...

Beginning or Ending?

The word has begun to sneak out around the workplace … Debra’s retiring! The atmosphere has turned a little gloomy, as though everyone feels a heavy sharp knife hanging over exposed necks. There’s a happy face plastered on top, but the gloom oozes around the edges. This is the part I did not want to drag out. I’ve been lucky in previous work separations to hand pick my successor, but not this time. And, it feels really comfortable to leave it like that. The workplace I’m leaving is undergoing its own change process and my departure is part of that. My legacy will live on its own. What I’m paying attention to now is how ...