This was yesterday:
And then today, I got to hear these words of relief:
“We’ll help you, we’ll guide you and direct you. It’ll be like your cocoon and we’ll help you grow in all the ways you need to spread your wings and fly.”
— My friend and new mentor
I did it.
24 hours after the most difficult career-related experience of my entire life, I found a new job.
Although job isn’t quite the right word for what I will be doing. I’ll explain more another time when I can say more.
I am in awe at the miraculousness of this life that I have. How on earth does something like this happen other than there being a higher power at work? My day today has been full of “how in the?” and “I can’t believe it!”
But really, I can believe it.
When I called my wife after the meeting I had with this friend and new mentor for my path forward, she could tell this was good.
“You sound really happy, how did it go?”
With the excitement of a child on Christmas morning, I explained to her all of the details of the opportunity before us. We have hope. There is light ahead, and a lot of it, too.
We have a source of income that is so much better than your typical 9–5 job. And especially so much better than the virulent atmosphere of my previous job.
But again, I will have to share more details as they unfold. It’s going to take some work to get it all put together just right, but once that all happens I’m excited to share more.
Almost 24 hours to the minute from the moment I was angrily let go of my previous job, I found myself sitting with a wise, kind, mentor. A giant of a man. A friend who gave me great hope for the path ahead.
He is everything I had been longing for at the company that kicked me out yesterday.
I cannot explain in words how overwhelming the feeling of peace was as I spoke with him. His guidance is exactly what I need. His openness and willingness to help me, as I am willing to put in the work, is astounding.
In stark contrast to yesterday, my mind is repeating over and over again his kind words expressing the desire to mentor me to success. This man actually wants me to be successful in the ways that are best for me. I am in awe.
It’s also been interesting that with the light of a new opportunity, I can see just how toxic my former management was. Just a mere 24 hours later, I can, within this new, comforting light of an actual mentor, see my old company for the abusive environment that it was.
But you know what? It’s all over. I can breathe a sigh of relief. I never have to talk with those old managers ever again.
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” — Helen Keller
While I don’t mind letting myself continue to play ping pong with the contrast of the old and the new for a time, I think I’m going to work on mentally moving the past out for good.
My new, healthy work-life has begun, and I couldn’t be happier.
I wanted to send a huge thank you to all of you who have reached out in support of me the last couple of days. I could not have even gotten out of bed this morning were it not for your kind words and encouragement.
As I woke up today, the harshness of the way they let me go still lingered. The moment it happened was on repeat, with no sign of stopping. That was, until I opened up some of my messages from so many of you.
As I read your words of support, I smiled more and more with the hope that replaced the despair I was almost drowning in. With your help, and that of my Family, I made it through these last couple of days. Thank you.
I especially want to thank Niklas Göke, Shannon Ashley, Michael Thompson, Shae Jackson, Brian Pennie, Nick Wignall, Jordan “J” Gross, Christopher D. Connors, Hank Eng, Martine Weber, and so many more. There are far too many to count, but you know who you are, and I am grateful for each of you.
Oh and don’t you worry, I will still be doing plenty of writing, especially with the new setup I will be working in. More on that another day!