After being in the same office for eight years, I moved into a new space last Friday. In five short action-packed weeks, I found a new suite, negotiated a contract, designed the space, and supervised the construction. It was moving day, and I found myself overwhelmed by a myriad of mixed emotions.
I was cool and detached as I packed my things before the movers got there. But, when I collected my assortment of butterfly pictures, I was surprised by the emotional tidal wave that threatened to sweep me away. The events of the past five weeks, and the memories of the past eight years caught up with me all at the same moment. Looking back, there was a lot of fun, joy, love, laughter and learning over those eight years. There was also a lot of pain, heartache and disappointment as well.
I gathered my butterflies and tried to shake off my mood, which was a lot easier to do when I walked on my brand new carpet for the first time and smelled the fresh paint. It was time to stop looking back, and start looking forward. After all, I had an office to organize. And I began to eagerly anticipate what the next eight years would be like.
I love my new office, and I can’t wait to share it with my clients. I am grateful for every step along the way that has brought me to this point, including the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s good to reflect back on the past, and remember where you’ve been. But I think it’s even better to look toward the future. Don’t you agree?