I set out for my pre-work run later than usual as I only had to log a few hours today, my last day of work at my place of employment for the past two years. While running I listened to my Dave Allen, “Making It All Work ” book and then some quiet music, Keith Jarrett’s “The Melody at Night With You”, in order to meditate a little on the upcoming changes. My husband and I saw Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette perform at the Four Seasons Centre for the Jazz Festival earlier this summer. The performance was superb, consumately emotional and priceless! It had been 25 years since I had seen this same trio perform and seeing them again, has enlivened my enjoyment of their music.
I start my new job on September 7th. This is the same day that my son starts his internship at Research in Motion. He is a software engineering specialist in U of T’s Computer Science program. His salary as a student intern will exceed what I was earning at my former workplace.
Earlier in the week my husband helped me cart home the enormous amount of stuff, that I had let accumulate at work. Included in this was a lot of running gear, my foot masager, oodles of personal care products, lots of framed photos, numerous hand-crafted ceramic gifts given to all staff from our creative and generous information resources coordinator and a few books including a copy of “Japanese Death Poems”, “Jack Daniels Running Formula”, “Beloved, Henri Nouwen in conversation” and a Microsoft Access reference book. The death poems were written by Zen monks and Haiku poets on the verge of death. Ive posted a sample in the WORDS section of my blog.
I’ve used Jack Daniel’s book extensively to guide my training and as far as training books go, it is in a league all its own. I gave my copy to Nelson Njeru, a 2:10 Kenyan marathoner who gave a boost to the George Brown College cross-country team when he began some studies there and signed up to run for them! Nelson, I should mention is now in his forties.
Questions about what my new workplace will be like percolate. Will I be able to muster up a team for the Bay Street Rat Race or Corporate Challenge ? Will the golf course across the street have a driving range I can go to at lunch? I am an ultra- novice golfer but I do find it fun.
As for farewells, I was given a gorgeous floral arrangement and taken out for a delicious lunch by two colleagues. We called it the tri-level lunch (inside work joke) and caucused a little on big picture work issues. I made a lot of friends at my workplace and while I look forward to a wonderful new career opportunity I will miss them. Maybe I’ll be invited back for the holiday party given my status as two-time holiday party committee member.
Many of the “good-byes” involved resolutions by my co-workers to start or stick to a fitness routine. I seem to have that effect on people 🙂