…Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.
For today’s quote we can thank author and artist Flavia Weedn. This one was particularly powerful to me because I am starting a new role this week. Same company, different location, different job, lots of new colleagues… and lots of goodbyes to old ones.
I am no stranger to this ritual. Between business school and internships and rotational programs, I have seldom lived in the same city for more than 12 months. Over time I have learned to adapt to the steady, neverending stream of people that move through my life. I mostly make acquaintances, but almost never friends. I typically avoid meaningful relationships and the accompanying difficult goodbyes. There never seems to be enough time to form the relationships And when there is I worry about my bandwidth….
…At least historically. But in my last several roles I have formed more relationships that matter. And goodbyes have gotten more difficult. But I have conversely gradually learned to love and enjoy people for who they are – to experience relationships with friends and colleagues to their fullest even while coming to peace with the fact those relationships are often going to be transient.
To experience life this way is to enjoy each moment to the fullest. It is to live a life well lived.
As we get started this week, I want to encourage you to get to know your colleagues. Appreciate them and make them a part of your life where you can. Your professional life will be better for it.