22 years ago I made a decision. It was a significant adult decision; to take a job that required me to move to a brand new place. The plan was to stay there for 5 years at the most. Remember, God laughs when we make plans. Life happened to me and many other significant decisions were made that left me in that same town. Those 22 years are exactly half of my life on this planet, with most of them being in the “grown up“ years.
When I returned from my Tree Hugging Tour another significant and surprising decision was made. I wanted to stay. For many years I had grown tired and disgruntled with aspects of my life. Some of that blame was put on the town. After shedding much emotional baggage, taking a work sabbatical for 7 months, and finally listening to what my heart was saying, my decision was easy. I remade my home here again differently this time. Life is no longer happening to me. I make peace and joy alive in my heart and soul, then life shows up for me to join in with awareness. It is so much more fun now.
That job accepted 22 years ago was at the local hospital. Then as a new graduate Occupational Therapist, I was ready to take on the world and make a difference. Many friends were made in the 11 years of employment there, yet believed I was long forgotten by now. I love it when I am wrong. In the world of therapy there is always a need for an extra set of hands in order to care for all the patients when needed, it is called PRN help. With how I designed my new life in this small town, I now have time to offer that PRN help. I walked into Human Resources a few weeks ago to join the team again. I was delightfully greeted with joy and gratitude while offered hugs to welcome me home. Tears found their way to the surface.
Today was orientation. It is the same and yet so different. Peers from the past are now leaders. I celebrate their advancements! I received my badge today and was taken aback on the picture in comparison to my picture 22 years ago. I am the same person yet so different. I still want to make an impact, yet in a very different way this time. Offering support and a helping hand while bringing a smile to someone’s face feeds my soul! I am fortunate to have a license that allows me to do that within the same place my early significant decision leads me to.
It is good to be home in a brand new way.