Amy Rees Anderson

Crying…

“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!

~Amy

13 Comments

  • Mark Hester says:

    When I hugged you goodbye today it seemed so wrong. I just can’t accept the fact that you have graduated to bigger and better things in life. Thank You Amy, for enriching my life, believing in me, mentoring me and telling others when I did well.

    Goodbye from work, but not forever I hope. I am amongst your greatest fans.

  • Rahul Nehru says:

    Geographically we are far away from each other, but when we spoke to you yesterday, it felt that we are very much in your office and talking to you. You have been an excellent boss and true friend and an inspiring teacher. We will and continue to be in touch with you and seek your advise. I wish you all the very best and THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR ALL THAT YOU DID FOR US.

  • Kim says:

    I am glad to have met someone so amazing that is willing to help share her experiences and triumphs in life. I hope you see/hear about your new adventure in life.

  • Laura Reece says:

    Although I did not get the pleasure to work closely with you, I will miss you. You have been such an inspiration and a person of integrity. I have always felt that you really cared about each one of us, even though you did not know us personally. You have blessed me and my family with so many things we have incorporated into our lives from you tweets/blog. Thank you Amy you are truly an Angel, as many times you would tweet about just what I needed to hear.

  • Janele Stratton says:

    Amy,
    Thank you for all that you have done for MCG, and for being such a great example to all of us. You are a shining example that anything is possible when you put your mind to it. I wish you luck on your next adventure, and I have no doubt that you will be successful. Thank you Amy, for having strength of Character, a strong work ethic, and a fierce desire to serve others. You are making a difference in this world.

  • Michelle Johnson says:

    Amy,
    Thank you so much for being the driving force behind what MCG has become. You are such an inspiration to so many through your tweets and just who you are as a person. You will be missed, but I admire your courage to move forward and follow your dreams.

  • Connie says:

    Go get em. Amy! We need you out there cloneing yourself. Can’t really be done completely because there is only one you but you can spread yourself far and wide. That is what the world needs now. Thanks for setting the table. You are loved.

  • Jack says:

    Amy,

    You are an amazing example of what it means to be a leader and a friend. I am excited for what life has in store for you, and I look forward to keeping in touch as you move on to bigger and better things.

  • Anonymous says:

    “Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.”
    -Albert Schweitzer

    Thank you Amy. For just being you.
    -Lindee

  • Steph Featherstone says:

    I havevn’t been with Mediconnect for very long (just a few months) and while I never met you personally I feel so blessed to have had you as a CEO for this short time. It has been a pleasure getting to know you through your tweets. They have been inspiring and several times they have helped me through difficult days. Thank you so much for all you have done to help make Mediconnect a wonderful company to work for!

  • wanda says:

    Amy,You will be so missed. Still in shock your leaving us. You have changed my life for the better. Wish you the best for your future. Thank you for all you have done to make this a GREAT place to work. You were the best CEO ever. Thank you.

  • Otto Flores says:

    Amy – It has been a great priviledge for me to have had the opportunity to learn from you over the past 6+ years. Your trust and belief in me is a HUGE reason I have been successful at MediConnect. I know I will see you again and I wish you the best as you start the next chapter of your life.

  • Amy Rees Anderson says:

    I cannot thank all of you enough for the kind comments today. I will cherish these comments forever! I love you.

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