People have been so kind

Today is my last day in this workplace, in this role. I’m filled with emotion at the loss, and thrilled at the prospect of a new future. Simultaneously.

I’m still gushing over the book my co-workers gave me at my party 2 days ago. Instead of the traditional Circulate-A-Retirement-Card-Around-The-Office-For-Everyone-To-Sign, my office circulated a book of quotes. A co-worker could flip through the pages and find a quote that resonated, then write a message to me, often based on that quote. What an amazing gift!

Like this one:

“Hold up your head! You were not made for failure, you were made for victory. Go forward with joyful confidence.” George Elliot

message: More victories await you – good luck!

And this one from our student worker:

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and who so ever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much and what is done in love is well done.” Vincent van Gogh

message: Debra, you were my first boss here at CSU. Getting the call from you the day you hired me gave me hope that I could make it out here, even on my own. But more importantly, you became part of my CSU family. I cannot thank you enough for everything. PS: I immediately thought of you when I read this quote. Good luck with your business.

If I go on, I won’t be able to see what I’m writing through the blubbering. I miss them already. I feel blessed to have walked even briefly a parallel path with beautiful spirits. My heart is filled with gratitude.

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