Thursday, March 15, 2007


"...(Turn and face the strain)
Just gonna be a different man
Time may change me
But I can't trace time..."
(Changes, David Bowie)

Tomorrow marks an end of an era in the office in which I work. The group that I have been part of, give or take a few, for over 10 years, is leaving and going to another office. The remainder of the people in that office will be leaving in another 2-3 weeks to locate elsewhere and the current office will be no longer. For the most part, the staff in that current building have been there for 25 years or more, me for the past 20 years. Although it is going to happen, it still seems surreal to me, and only recently did it hit me that a good number of those men and women I see everyday and work closest with, I will only see on occasion. Come Monday morning, things at my office will never, ever be the same.

I heard it said once that the only constant in life is change, and that if you stood in a brook of running water, you'd never be standing in the same water twice. Change is inevitable; it is the only thing we can count on in life. For some changes come and they move on with little or no problem. For others, change can create great difficulty. For the most part I fall into the former group, but I still become a bit anxious when I really think about change. And maybe that's why I don't dwell on it too much. It is what it is. Can't fight change. It's going to happen, like it or not. We can only adjust to it and move with it as it occurs. "Go with the flow." Such a simple little statement, but so true.

I wish all my colleagues the best of luck in their new lives. And as I told one of them recently: when we do get together on occasion, it will be that much more special. You don't know what you have until it's gone!


mommanator said...

nice post-well said

Pax Romano said...

It really hit me today when driving home...I thought to myself, "I won't be driving this road again come Monday morning, after 20 years".

Life is change, how it differs from the rocks...

But still, all is well that ends well.

Anonymous said...

I found that the people will always stay tucked close in your heart, no matter the actual location they will be in. this whole damn moving thing may well make me cry soon though, despite the fact that I left that warm and happy, lovely, nest, a few years ago.

best wishes in your new space!

Joe Tornatore said...

I have never been up ot my ankles in brook on the job. yes, changes are here.

Zelda Parker said...

Thank you, things change, people come into our lives and hopefully we are all better for it in the long run.