Once I’m in the parking lot or my company’s office, I send the message to Connie. “Safely at Work. I love you.” I’ve only been sending this message for the last year and a half. The first sentence, that is. 🙂 Over the last 4 years, most of my previous jobs entailed working from home. Driving wasn’t nearly as frequent. Everyone felt much safer with that situation. Unfortunately, that wasn’t a successful career experience from my perspective.
That’s when I took a job across town. Although it forced me to face some of my fears, it also robbed me of my identity. I know that sounds heady, you’ll have to ask me privately someday.
Since March 3rd, 2011 my world has changed. Not all of these changes are a result of my medical condition. Many of them can be explained and I have excuses for almost all situations, although I despise using them. I’m happy to tell you that I’ve found a new home for my day job. It plays to my strengths of forming and keeping long-term relationships. These relationships can be personal or business. So often people talk about having a work-life balance. To me, it’s more like having work-life integration.
I learned about this from the master himself, my dad. His world has changed too. Eight years ago, he officially retired from farming at the age of 81, but he has continued to putter. Lately, medical issues have sidelined him. His putter has turned into a putt. However, he will be back. Once he is, we look forward to his putter coming back. You’ll then see how that integration plays out.
All things considered, I’m happy where I am. Safely at work.