AND SO YOU BEGIN!
I see you spinning from one expression to another.
One moment with excitement and anticipation.
Another with a sigh of remembrance and connection.
Change twirling about your feet, anxious to overtake you.
One more box packed and another farewell complete.
Trying desperately to focus on the work at hand,
You finish a task, and pass it on.
Someone else will see it through and champion your ideas.
They didn’t have the vision, but caught it from you.
It is not easy to move through the detangling process.
You gave your time, talent, passion, and heart.
You received recognition for your achievements.
And soon there will be but a handful who remember.
With that realization your mood shifts again.
You twirl to meet the new adventure with semi-open arms.
A quick glance back reveals those who will miss you.
Sending heartfelt love and appreciation in your direction.
An adventure known only in stories, fantasies, and dreams.
And yet, the first step has become clearer and
Awaits your committed but hesitant move.
You are now on the bridge toward retirement.
You, still being you, but in a new light.
This old work is unfinished and yet very complete.
Discovery is now the work of the day.
Your time as arrived, more swiftly than you thought.
And so … you begin!
~ Barbara Bernard Miller