“Have no fear of moving into the unknown.
Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
~Pope John Paul II~
I’m not afraid, I’m excited.
One week from today, my workplace is moving. I’ve been at the current location about 18 years. In that time, I’ve had three bosses and there’s been various changes in office support staff. Our physical location has been bought and sold three times and we’ve seen the best in a landlord and the worst in a landlord. I’ve been doing my job in an office with an east and south window, that is cool in the winter and warm in the summer (because the air flow of the heat and air conditioning has been less than magnanimous). Our management team has grown and the conference room now turns into a sardine can when everyone shows up for a meeting.
All is very well, in remembering the old.
I have many memories from this place, including the various violets and plants that have lived and died there; the toilet paper escapades; the chewing mice chronicles; birthday and Christmas potlucks; discussions about Packer wins and losses; watching the maples change color in the fall and the tethered kids from the daycare walk past; having strangers stop by because they are lost and need directions; and, of course, the many years of dealing with budgets, personnel, projects, and “other duties as assigned.” I went through a divorce, said goodbye to three furry friends and bid my father adieu during the 18 years spent in this red brick building.
There is faith and confidence in this move.
Preparations for the move have been underway for months and we’re almost ready. A few details remain, such as packing files and office supplies and the odds and ends from the back hall closet. We have to unplug the computers and clean the refrigerator of its outdated contents. For the last few weeks, my office mates and I have been purging years of stuff, sending it either to the garbage can or off to Goodwill. I’ve had practice with submitting purchase orders, picking out carpeting and paint colors, and dealing with IT people, the movers and the new landlord.
There’s no harm in paint, right?
Some of us were able to add an accent wall to the new office. Here’s mine:
The color is called, “It’s my party.” Aptly named and chosen because the color goes well with most of my wall decorations and because it IS my party and new office. I’ll be retiring from here, so why not look at a nice color for a couple of years before hanging it up. Right?
While I’m not exactly moving into the unknown, I have tried to be fearless and have faith that the move will go as well as a move can, and that no harm will come to the walls or furniture or anyone’s toes.
Think good moving thoughts for on January 24th and 25th. We’ll definitely appreciate anything you throw at us.
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