As of end of day Friday, I am retired, or should I say, I no longer work for Cox Communications. I had a few emails back and forth with HR to confirm details regarding my retirement, it's all good.
I am moving on for sure, one of the reasons I came to Ghana. I wanted to be fully engaged in something that is important to me, something that I am passionate about, so I would not be afraid or anxious about the big decision.
A few years ago when I was off from work completing an MFA Creative Writing program, the first 90 days of that leave, I was anxious. I kept thinking I had to go to work, I kept thinking I had to be busy and doing something from 8am to 5pm. It took a bit for me to adjust, actually it took a trip to Buenos Aires were I spent 21 amazing days with Tichi and her friend Albalyra to get me comfortable with not going to work everyday. Our minds are so powerful, many times negating or getting in the way of the psychology that allows shifts, transitions, discoveries, and even forgiveness.
I am reminded of the wonderful email I got a few weeks back from Gayle Scarmardo, who lives in California. She knew I was retiring and she shared with me.... "Once you let go of the steering wheel in your mind and let the universe unfold before you, you will see a path destined for you. Nearly every day will bring new insight and opportunities."
I love the line.... "steering wheel of your mind". I actually printed Gayle's email and brought a copy with me to Ghana so I could read and re-read when the steering wheel in my head tries to head in the wrong direction.
Last night as all the families in the compound quieted, (surprisingly by 9pm) I was getting ready to turn out the lights and sleep, a cool breeze visited my room and for a moment I felt that sense of destiny, the sense of purpose, a voice in my heart and mind spoke softly and said you are exactly where you should be today and all is OK.
Today everyone in the compound is anticipating the eclipse that will take place 8 minutes shy of 1:30pm Ghana time. I will provide update later, the event and the reactions, all should be interesting.
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