Today differs from most other Mondays I have had over these past 25 years. I've taken a severance package from work and enter the world of freelance, turning my hobby into something more enterprising. I'm taking a new direction.
Leaving work and especially my colleagues was an emotional transition. I had timed it to coincide with a significant birthday and I had wanted to leave with a message to people I had worked closely with over the years. Here's what I wrote:
Hi there! - You will have heard the saying that one door never shuts but another opens.
That happens for me today when after close on 25 years I leave our organisation, closing this book and opening another.
One of my favourite actors is Alan Alda. He played Hawkeye Pierce in the television series M*A*S*H* and said this about doorways:
“Deep in our hearts we know that the best things said come last.
People will talk for hours saying nothing much and then linger at the door with words that come with a rush from the heart. Doorways, it seems are where the truth is told.”
I know about doorways:
Having closed down and ready for home, it usually takes another 20 minutes to get out the door.
Holding the lift doors open to finish a conversation. If it was you pushing the buzzer - sorry about that.
And those conversations that take place outside the front door? Been there too!
So in case I don’t get to cross your door today, I just wanted to say goodbye and wish you
All the best - Chris
Oh and by the way……………one last thing:
This place has been such an important part of my life and it has been an absolute pleasure to have worked with you over the years. Friendships made here are solid and enduring. I hope we can keep in touch.