I have been working on changes, that is kind of what this blog is all about. I have recently been focused on a specific change, a big change at work. It has also interestingly intersected with all the internal work I have been doing. I guess all that stuff about the universe and presenting opportunities when you are ready may be a real thing after all.
I am currently a water resource manager. I have been working in this space since 2004 and the exact job I have right now since 2009. Because of it and some great mentors and some very fortuitous opportunities, I have gotten to do a lot and make a big impact, on the regional, state, and national level. I have gotten to travel and keynote professional conferences and I have gotten to make a big impact on the environment and preserving water resources. Truth be told, a couple of things have been nagging at me lately. One I don’t find that much challenge in the work anymore. I still find value, but I no longer have many of those new learning opportunities. I have shifted to a mentoring phase, which I also enjoy.
The other change is that as I get quiet and clear through my attempts at minimalism, meditation, and growth; I am realizing that my priorities have shifted a little. I have gotten to do so much and I am grateful. I am looking to make a little more impact locally, as in my own utility. Also I no longer really enjoy the travel. I want to work and come home to my husband and cats. I want time to cook, meditate, read, and help my mother. Where has all of this led? As fate would have it about 6 weeks ago our Customer Service Manager just up and walked out. He had been struggling and he just could not take it anymore. Our leadership immediately came to me to see if I was interested. It would be a big change, but I have been the interim Manager 3 times between other managers. Every time my bosses asked won’t you apply? Each time I said no. This time I really felt different. I had always looked at the position that is full of managerial, policy, and relational challenges as both too daunting and too limiting. After working on the things I have been working on about myself I feel more ready for this challenge. I have decided to apply for the job. It is not a guarantee for me.
I feel ready if the opportunity arises. I have also noticed how things line up to support you. I have been taking some courses on Insight Timer and I am currently taking one by David Gandelman on Letting Go. Leaving my current position and clinging to that has been one of the obstacles I had to overcome. As I needed some support, here came this class, by one of my favorite teachers. I have also been taking the How to Communicate like a Buddhist Class through Daily OM and this is also enhancing a skill set I will need. It will be a time of transition, but I feel excited about the possibility of being on the learning side again. Are you considering any changes?