Saturday, January 30, 2010

Time to Re-Program My Mind

Yesterday was my last day at my prior employer. It was an enjoyable and rewarding 13 year career, yet I am ready to move on. Colleagues, co-workers and executives gave me a very nice send-off, quite generous accolades, in fact. I am deeply appreciative. Yet I cannot dwell in the past. I must begin to look forward. To do so I must "re-program my mind". Thirteen years anywhere is a long time, and I owe it to my new employer to come to work fresh, energized and sharp. When I walked out of my office building for the last time as an employee, I let out a deep, heavy sigh. It was symbolic in a sense but was necessary. Sheldon and Duncan were at my side, and both looked up at me as if to say, "What's wrong?" Their tails wagged, and they opened their mouths and smiled at me. It felt great. Before we drove off, I logged onto Twitter and Facebook from my blackberry and entered the simple phrase: "It is finished." Later I was surprised to see the comments from folks who responded knowing, to what I was referring. My decision to leave was driven by an interesting opportunity elsewhere, and it wasn't a decision I made lightly. Although looking back, my subconscious knew I was ready for something new. As I drove home to Palm Springs, my mind was filled with thoughts. I remembered a quote of artist Vincent Van Gogh, who said: "I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process" Very fitting, I thought. It's not intended to be negative, just meaning that my mind was all about the last 13 years and it took over who I am.

I decided I needed a quick celebration. So I stopped off at Cold Stone Creamery, ordered the largest cup of chocolate ice cream they offer, and gobbled it up. This weekend is important for me. I must begin to re-program my mind. Release myself from old habits, thoughts, limitations and prepare for a new adventure. Visualize what I want to become in my new role, and "reboot" my systems. It may include a trip to a day spa, and most certainly a nice dinner with close friends to celebrate. Those would be much needed distractions. But in the background, will be a mental de-fragmentation of sorts. I really need it.

FYI, if you are just catching up, here is the background to all these work changes:
The News...Part I
The News...Part II

-Rick Rockhill


kenju said...

I vote for the day spa and more ice cream!!

A Lewis said...

I had no idea! Wow. Reprogramming is quite a challenge sometimes -- but always keeps us fresh, alive, and active in our lives. Your post sounds like much of the verbiage in yoga. Set your intention -- flexibility, strength, balance, whatever you decide. For your practice, for your life. I have no doubt that you'll be on to something exciting very soon. With your super great attitude and positiveness, how could you not!?

Anonymous said...

Deprogramming from a 13-ear career can be challenging, but I think you can do it. Enjoy more chocolate ice cream, play with our pets and start your next career with optimism, faith, and adventure...


OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

A Day Spa sounds PERFECT! And a lot more Ice Cream,!

Much Good Luck in this new and exciting job, Rick.

© Karelian Blonde said...

Happy rebooting :)

Tea and Margaritas in My Garden said...

All the very best in your new adventure Rick!


Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

best wishes in your new career rick, i know it will be a long and happy one for you!

smiles, bee

Mags said...

Congratulations and good luck! I have no doubt that this walk down a new path will be a good one. I hope you enjoyed the weekend!

Jeni said...

Rick - Here's wishing you a very easy transfer from one employer to the new one and may this job be everything you thought it would be and then some!
So -you're on Facebook too, huh? Are you listed as Rick Rockill? Or something else? I'm there -at my "name" here on blogger. Love Facebook for the ease in which I can load all kinds of pictures to it! (Plus being able to have fun with lots of friends on there too.

Desert Songbird said...

Even when the decision to leave/change is made with great deliberation, there are bound to be emotions involving sadness or even a bit of regret. How fortunate you are to have two astute fur babies! I have no doubt you'll be successful in your new endeavor.


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