Monday, September 26, 2011

Change Has COME!

Do you remember your first day of kindergarten? All I remember of the very first day of my education is getting on the bus, and that's about it. What various aspects of kindergarten I remember, however, is nap time, Show and Tell, the Line Leader, Door Holder, etc, and reading Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" and then later making actual green eggs (with food dye) and ham. Kindergarten these days, however, has changed. They've done away with nap time. Show and Tell might happen if the teacher decides she needs a break one week. And the list of responsibilities has been revamped to no longer include a door holder, no library stick holder, no ice cream person, and no caboose among others. This kind of makes me sad as I sat with a friend of mine's kindergartener a few weeks ago at dinner (pictured above) and discussed all things kindergarten-y. My, how times have changed. And he's so, so smart at 5 years old! (I guess that's what happens when you get rid of nap time!)

But, times DO change! And another type of change has happened in my life which is bittersweet but good! I've known about all of this since mid-August, but with all that's been going on in my life, I haven't had a chance to blog about it! So... (drum roll, please) ... I have been offered a great opportunity to grow with another company! Free Wheelchair Mission will forever be a part of my heart and my life. Much of my growing came from there, and it was an answer to a prayer in so many ways. But, this past Friday was my last day there and let me tell you - so sad! As I walked out the door towards my car, I teared up as I looked back at that door and realized I walked out of there a better person than I did over four years ago when I started. I am grateful.

For personal reason's I'd rather keep my new company under wraps right now, but I am excited about the new adventure and learning experience. Today was my first day and was greeted by many excited faces happy to see me. How warming! And in Free Wheelchair Mission style, I brought brownies for everyone! (I'll have to become the new "Pam" at my new office. Ha!) As the days go forward, I know that I will grow equally as much as I did at Free Wheelchair Mission. My mom has always said, "You get out of it what you put into it." I will be working very hard to improve myself professionally and personally while hopefully also making a difference in the lives of others around the country. It was a day full of meetings, but it gave me a good "get your feet wet" temperature gauge of how the company runs. And naturally, I came home after work and took a nap right away! :) (Nap time still exists in my house!)

It's interesting to me that God put this sense of change in my spirit about a year ago, and looking back at experiences I've had over this past year, it has prepared me for what I walked into today. New opportunities are a bit like starting Kindergarten, I suppose. Everything you learn is fun and educational... if you let it. No, I didn't get on a big yellow bus this morning, but driving in my car to my new office created a bit of the same nervousness and excitement I did that first time many years ago. Change is good, so here's to the next step in my journey!