Today was an emotional day. My prior team had a farewell party for me. I appreciate recognition, but I'd rather it be done in silence if you know what I'm saying. I don't like the spotlight. And I really don't like giving speeches. I worked with this team for more than seven years. I knew that a lot of the staff wanted to give me a proper farewell, so I agreed.
It began much like I expected. One team member took the reigns and organized the whole thing. She coordinated a nice spread of food, including cooking/baking various items that were my favorites. The fact that she ensured those items were included was not overlooked. I was extremely appreciative of the time and thought she put into the party.
Once everyone arrived, a team member handed me a card that was signed by the entire team and read aloud a certificate that they made for me. I was then pleasantly surprised to have another team member stand up and talk a lot about what I had done for the team and how much she appreciated all that I had done. That was extremely meaningful because I never would've expected her to have spoken. And quite frankly, I wasn't aware of her appreciation of how much I had done.
While she was talking, my husband arrived with my daughter. That's when I nearly lost it. I put my face in my hands to try and compose myself. I'm not really an emotional person. And while I knew my farewell would provide me moments of reflection of the past seven years, I didn't anticipate at all that I would get emotional. Their arrival, coupled with the kind words of my team members, changed that plan just a bit.
The farewell party was bittersweet. I've grown tremendously over the past seven years, both professionally and personally. This team has ushered me through some serious challenges and amazing successes. They've also supported me through some beautiful, exciting, and tough personal times. It's hard to leave them, yet I'm excited for my next challenge...really excited.
While it was uncomfortable to be the center of attention, I'm really happy I agreed to the party. I will never forget how special my team and my family made me feel today.
Be open to what comes.