Just last week I looked down from my office on the 43rd floor of a looming glass tower. The rush hour traffic was winding its way through the tangle of L.A. freeways. I took one last look around my emptied office and took a photo of the space I was vacating to remind myself of where I had spent so much time for the past decade plus. I was doing important work that was often rewarding and frequently hard, but that I, at the same time, passionately loved.
You urged me to figure out a way to free myself from the sometimes crushing demands of long days and work that often - by my own doing - consumed my weekends, vacations and holidays. The toll of working as though I was on call 24/7 increasingly wore on me until you persuaded me to make a change. I took a leap of faith and proposed a new position with reduced hours that offered me new growth, but that allowed me time to nurture those parts of me that were at risk – my health, my mind and my spirit. I gave those things more attention because of the promise you made to me about my future. I began to revive the personal dreams I had shelved and to actually plan for them. I lived each day more fully and found time to reconnect with family and friends near and far. I focused on doing more of what made me happy and less of what didn’t.
But not everything you held in store for me was happy. My long-time marriage ended, something I neither expected or wanted. Through it all, you beckoned, assuring me you were still there, although sometimes at my back, nudging me forward when I momentarily lost my way. Those who loved me rallied around and you stood steadfast, calling my name.
Now here you are. Arms open wide, you welcome me. I settle into your embrace with happy expectations. You present to me possibilities for which I eagerly prepare. You kept your promise that you would arrive and that not only would I survive, I would thrive.
You were right. Now I have no fear, only hope and confidence in the promise you made to me long ago. I trust you to launch me into every tomorrow. And right now, those tomorrows look very good.
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