Who moved my cheese . . . again?

Kitty hiding amongst flowers

It has been a rather nostalgic week as I prepare for the next leg of my journey to a life very different to the one I’ve known and become accustomed to.

At the office, wading through paperwork accumulated over the last thirteen years, remembering the good and the bad times. It’s amazing how much clutter we accumulate over the years but equally amazing to see how many memories are hidden within the clutter.

Through the clutter we also see how times have changed and how we (on a personal level) have changed. Systems, processes, belief systems all change as we journey through the process of time. Time changes so much more than we realise. Looking back, remembering the tears and fears of the past – leaving all this behind.

Baby sleeping on crescent moon

Through all this I’m filled with mixed emotions – saying good-bye to the past and hello to the future. I’m filled with mixed emotions thinking about a new friendship made a week ago, uncertain of where this path will lead. Through all this and as a result of this new friendship, I cannot stop thinking about all the wars and sadness in the world.

All the walls are falling down
No more children off to war
If we search in our hearts
All the suffering will be no more

As I wade through thirteen years of paper and the memories, I hum the tune of the song “Love oh Love” by Lionel Richie, struggling to get this tune (and words) out of my head “. . . and let there be joy in the world, and let there be no sorrow . . .” My mind constantly drifting to the men and women in foreign lands trying to restore peace where there is none. Included in these thoughts is my new friend.

Cellphone in hand

I read an article this week which left a tremendous impact on my mind and which said that for most people fleeing their homes and countries in war-torn countries, the only memories they have of their past are what’s captured on their Smart phones. The only photos and messages they have of loved ones, are those in the memory of their Smart phones. Smart phones are not indestructible, so what happens when they lose that as well? Can you imagine having your life reduced to this? How sad . . .

From the bottom to the top
To the leaders of the land
We all have one heart
Everyone of us must lend a hand

So, here I am, wading through thirteen years of memories at the office, remembering the good times and bad. In my thirteen years at this particular office, I have seen many colleagues come and go. Most left for greener pastures and found them, others left for greener pastures, did not find them and came back. I’ve been part of babies being born and have watched them grow up over the years. There has also been sad times, when colleagues have left us through death, some through illness and others sudden and unexpected. Many will be fondly remembered, always.

Here I am, filled with all this mixed emotions on the last leg of this particular part of my life’s journey at this particular place of employment.

Box with bow

Am I at peace with my decision to leave? Yes, I am! The time has come to say good-bye and to look forward to what lies ahead on the horizon.

I look forward to taking a well-deserved break during the month of December, a time definitely needed to re-charge and replenish and I look forward to the endless opportunities and possibilities 2016 may bring.

Love, oh Love – Lionel Richie

Show the world and all its people
All the wonders love can bring
Give us strength and understanding
Give us all one song to sing

Let the music play
Play it loud and make it clear
It’s time to stand up
To a new world that is now so near

From the bottom to the top
To the leaders of the land
We all have one heart
Everyone of us must lend a hand

And let there be joy in the world
And let there be no sorrow
(Let there be)
And let there be peace on earth
And let there be peace on earth
For all the world
We’ve got to see

That love, oh love
What a blessed thing (oh, yeah)
Say it loud
Make it clear today

All the walls are falling down
No more children off to war
If we search in our hearts
All the suffering will be no more

And let there be joy in the world
And let there be no sorrow
For all god’s children
Let them see
That love, oh love
What a blessed thing (oh, yeah)
Say it loud
Make it clear today

And freedom, no more lies
We can save this world if we try
One world I know we can make it
Yes, it’s only in your heart
Yes, it’s only in your dreams
You can climb the highest mountains
You can make the whole world sing

Love, oh love
What a blessed thing (oh, yeah)
Say it loud
Make it clear today

Songwriters: RICHIE, LIONEL B., JR. / HARVEY RICHIE BRENDA,
Love, Oh Love lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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