It is with mixed emotions that I announce that I am leaving Erie Insurance. An opportunity arose to take an independent consulting contract as an agile coach and trainer. It will allow me to work 2 days a week so I can spend more time with my boys. I also get to travel a bit and pursue more writing opportunities.
ERIE has been my ‘home-away-from-home’ for over 18 years. I feel a bit like when I went to college – ready for a new adventure, but not entirely sure where the road will take me. Knowing that things will never be the same, but knowing that they must change.
The hardest part then, and now, is saying goodbye to old friends and trusting that our paths will cross again.
My last day was yesterday. During my final days, I said goodbye to so many faces and was reminded of so many wonderful phases of my life. The phases didn’t all seem wonderful at the time, but they have all shaped the person that I am and for that I am grateful.
When I was in college, the Internet was not widely available (Gasp! How did we survive?). As friends graduated and moved on, it took effort to stay connected – you had to actually write down phone numbers and addresses and call or send a letter to stay in touch. It was easy for friendships to fade.
I’m less worried about that now. Partly because technology makes it so simple to stay in touch. But mostly because I have lived long enough to know that the friends that stick around are the friends that I need. And if we’re meant to meet again, we will when the time is right.
It seems fitting to end with a quote from Steve Jobs’ Stanford commencement address:
Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.