Two months ago, I heard I would likely no longer have a job as my employer reshaped the business. I wrote a few words about it on LinkedIn and was blown away by the kindness of everyone who took time to say so many kind things.
A sincere and heartfelt thank you for all your words on my post.
I am truly blessed and encouraged.
How do you respond?
Pretty much my immediate thought after the meeting on that Thursday was to pick up my guitar and sing.
To sing songs of gratitude and of timeless truth. To lift my voice and my heart and acknowledge that I am a created being, and my identity is not found in what I say, do or think. It’s found in Christ alone.
Then on Friday; well I got back on the work wagon and started to plan, think about ways ahead, people to connect with, areas I wanted to understand more – questions I would like to find answers to. I got into action planning and mind-mapping.
All natural and at times helpful things.
Back on the same train?
But here’s the thing – that’s as much about getting back on the train and doing what I’ve always done. And there’s nothing wrong with that, right?
But maybe there is.
We all hear the cry to “get back to normal” in the post-COVID future. But what if the “normal” we had before is actually not the right road.
What if we were waaaaay off track and there’s a “reset” where we return to our creator? (We can chat about that if you think we’re random atoms colliding in nothingness).
With millions living in poverty, hundreds of thousands in fear of their safety, maybe our previous understanding of normal needs challenged.
So it is with my consideration of future. What if I’m looking to replace my current employment with something from the same pattern – and maybe that is not the right road.
I will heed the encouragement to be still. To wait. To consider what lies ahead – what *should* lie ahead is not a return to “normal”.
Yes, I’ll respond to messages and yes I’ll connect with people and businesses to find out what is out there.
In the intervening period between writing that first post and today, it’s not clear I’ll be leaving my current role in August – a week after I mark 23 years of service. In a few weeks, I’ll send my last email from my work email account and close off, as I often to with “Thanks, Andy” at the end. Because I have a lot to be thankful for.
I think after all that time, experience, joy, angst and, well, life, I also make time to wait.
As a man wrote in a book once;