On my path, one of the core teachings that I have struggled with is the concept of impermanence. Everything is changing, thus any moment that one has had will never be repeated. I have had that feeling on Tuesday of last week. I was jolted back to reality and reminded that life, and careers, are impermanent. For almost five years I had went to work as scheduled. I performed my normal tasks, along with any others the managers requested. The sudden “normal” was taken from me. Instead, I was jolted back to the fact that I would not longer have a career as of 1:00 PM CST. A jolt is defined as “a push or shake (something or someone) abruptly or roughly. I was abruptly shaken by feelings that I did not know I could possess towards my career.
For numerous years, I was semi-defined by the position I held. I was not a manager, per-say simply for the fact that I had no direct reports. I did however, see make sure that the day to day operations ran smoothly, paperwork was completed, and any other task that they felt I could handle. Now, I am embarking on a new path. One I started before the jolt of internal company-wide restructuring happened. Life is what you make it. It is impermanent. It is ever-changing. Yet, who knows what is good and what is bad?
Simple take each day, one at a time, and follow the gentle (somethings harsh) ebb and flow of events as they come.