I just got off the phone with a former colleague whom I’ve known since we attended kindergarten at a small Catholic school.  Joe was recently terminated by my ex-employer for misconduct, following an egregious incident involving hazing by a co-workers and a supervisor.  It was a poignant reminder of the immature culture I’ve left behind, and we’re both now aligning for greater opportunities ahead.  He has a few leads in banking and higher education, while I have a few of my own, including most prominently a potential golden opportunity with a firm whose culture mirrors my values.  Joe indicated that he put me down as a reference and invited me to use him in the same capacity.  We also bolstered one another’s social media footprint with letters of recommendation.  One can never have too many allies, particularly during times of immense economic and political upheaval.

I spent some time on the website of the recruiting firm digging in a little deeper into the mission, values and bios of its personnel.  I am even more drawn to the opportunity to join their team, “Empowering clients to seize the opportunities that shape and enrich their evolving worlds.”  This is akin to how I viewed my last position in admissions as an “educational life coach.”  I remain in touch with many of my students via the social network and in this new gig I may be able to service them in their professional pursuits.  Lest I get ahead of myself, I need to really get a feel for what exactly the owner has in mind for me, and if the compensation is sufficient to meet my financial goals.  He alluded to quarterly bonuses and a base pay that would suffice.  I am nervous and delighted in anticipation at the prospect of a new venture.

For the remainder of this chilly afternoon I am going to get some exercise before cleaning up for a red carpet affair at the casino this evening.  I’ve been invited to a VIP screening of Halfway Home, a documentary on the troops returning from battle overseas.  Before arriving there I’ll be swinging by a holistic center to speak with the owner about leading some exercise classes for her constituents.  The pace of things is quickening in stride with the steadily lengthening daylight, won’t be long now before nature’s first green.

In common wealth,


Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

Robert Frost