As I previously mentioned, I am currently in the process of leaving a job of over 5 years. I am visiting all current and past clients and saying my respects. It almost feels as if I am dying in a weird way. I say this because of every person’s reaction to my news.
I can’t say I have ever felt as appreciated as I do today.
In real life, grown-up life, the life that happens after you are all done with your schooling, there are no report cards. There are rarely even any pats on the back. People expect you to do your job, do it right and never falter. The only time people usually take notice is if you fail them in some way.
I have worked really hard to establish lasting relationships at my job. I did this by always trying to stay positive. I have always smiled at everyone I encounter even when my day is not going my way.
I have always taken the time to say thank you and ask people what it is that they are going through. I first did this to pass the time, but I quickly realized other people’s journeys are always interesting to listen to. They put my own into perspective and help me get to know their hearts.
As I am saying my goodbyes, I can’t help but realize how much I have been loved throughout my 5 years at this company. I have had a lot of teary eyes and amazing heartfelt hugs surround me these past two weeks.
I have had people said some of the most beautiful words like, “You are the only person who comes in here and says nice things to us,” to “You are beautiful, brilliant and will do great wherever you go in life,” to “Over the last 5 years I have only seen you down once!”
My favorite was, “It’s like you’re going on an amazing vacation and not taking any of us with you!”
It feels like people are writing in my yearbook. It feels amazing to know I have made an impact in so many lives. People have told me my energy is contagious and that my smile is what they will miss most. It was hard to see such words coming as I worked so hard over the years for no other reason than that of excelling at my job for my own satisfaction.
I did everything with integrity so that when this moment came, people could look at me and not complain. It is humbling to not only have no complaints, but to have so many beautiful words directed at my heart.
I have seen people slam the doors behind them, and that is all great and dandy. To each their own, as they say. But I really have to let the world know that I am feeling as I say goodbye to my company of so many years. It is something I have never felt before. It is something I hope everyone can experience at some point in their life.
I feel valued, appreciated, loved, noticed, but most importantly, I feel like I am part of the fabric that weaves their individual stories.
I feel more than blessed, I feel honored. Thank you to all of those people who have expressed their feelings to me. I feel seen, heard and forever remembered.
Love Deeply and Forever,