Thursday, October 27, 2011
You Say Goodbye, and I Say Hello
This Beatles’ song is in my mind, because on November 14 I will start a new role at an Arkansas energy company.
As I leave my existing position in Missouri it seems as if I’m saying goodbye to many friends, but this is just an illusion. It’s more of a farewell than a goodbye, or even better it’s “until we meet again.”
As I say hello to Arkansas I am eager to make new friends, and this shouldn’t be too hard, since everyone I’ve met so far has been incredibly friendly and warm. Hello, Arkansas, it’s nice to meet you!
A close friend asked me, “Why are you doing this? For your ego or for the money?”
Now don’t get me wrong, ego and money are great motivators, but they aren’t the key to long-term satisfaction. So why move then, why challenge myself, why not just coast to retirement?
In the 10th century BC, King Solomon said, “a man can do nothing better than to eat, and drink, and take satisfaction in his work.” That’s why I’m doing this --- to take satisfaction in my work.
As I start this new position, it’s all about possibility. New friends. New opportunities. New ways to serve. It’s a thrill to consider how the next few years will develop.
So hello/goodbye/hello/goodbye. I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello!