“Crying is how your body speaks when your mouth can’t explain the pain you feel.”
The truth is that I am not much of a crier, especially at work. But I have to admit that this week I have cried several times. As excited as I am for my next phase of life, this week has been much harder than I ever anticipated. It’s amazing how close you grow to people when you work with them day in and day out for nine years. You see each other grow up. You see each other go through trials. You see each other’s joys. You see each other overcome challenges. You see each other’s successes. You celebrate the births and mourn the deaths together. You really do become like a family. And the fact is that often times you spend more hours with your coworkers than even your own family, so is it any wonder that the relationships you form at work are life changing? Those same things apply to the clients that you spend your time with. They too become life-long friends. And although I will still stay in contact with everyone, there is that part that knows that some things will never again be the same, and your heart hurts because of that. And that is why I decided that this week, it is okay for me to cry. This week it’s okay for me to process those feelings of sadness and change. Normally I say to people “be strong, there is no need to cry because it is all going to be okay in the end”, but the fact is that every now and then I think it is okay to have a good cry and let it all out, and so this week I won’t feel bad for crying. Some people are truly worth crying over…
The team I have been privileged to work with at MCG over the last nine years has by far been the most amazing group of people I have ever been surrounded by in my life. And it has been such an honor to have people of that caliber as a part of your life each day. They made getting up and coming to work each day an incredible experience. They made the tough times easier and the happy times more joyous. I can honestly say that I have been the luckiest CEO in the entire world and I would defend that to anyone that challenged it. The love and support my employees and clients have given me these last nine years has been truly humbling. And the expressions of love and support this week as I come to the end of my transitioning out as their leader has been such an amazing outpouring of kindness. It has truly been overwhelming and it has been more meaningful to me than I could ever put into words. Thank you to every one of you who has touched my life and changed me for the better. I love you more that you will ever know.
And now I need to remember that I am not saying goodbye to anyone. I will still see and keep in touch with everyone. And although it may be a little bit different, perhaps it will be that much better because I will have more free time to focus on relationships with people instead of having to worry about so much paperwork. That sounds like a glorious thing to me. And so my focus will be on the amazing quote by Dr. Seuss:
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
I will definitely smile because it happened and I wouldn’t trade a moment of it for the world. Best experience EVER!