You remember the end of the show “The Office” when Andy says this:
Well, I was thinking about that recently. I think that’s just a natural part of moving on, right? For example, when I worked at North Callaway, I had a blast. I had a lot of gratitude for my experience there even in that moment. I knew it was something special even then. That doesn’t mean I didn’t have bad days- sometimes even awful days. But overall, I knew it was good times.
After NC, I moved on to FHHS. It was literally my dream come true. And I got to do so many amazing things there. I think I took some of it for granted by the end because, well, it was just time to go. Now I realize that. I look back on that time and feel lots of love and gratitude for my experience there. And even the negative aspects helped me grow and prepare so much for moving forward. I am so grateful for all the learning I did while I was there, the life that happened to me while I was there, and most of all, the people who became part of my soul who I never would have known had it not been for Howell.
Now at my new school, I miss some things about my past places, but again, like at NC, I realize how special this time is. I know I’m going to grow so much, hopefully have a positive impact, and make some great memories here.
At each transition, I look back on the previous and think about how good it was. I think we naturally do that. In relationships, in life, everywhere. I still talk to my NC people who had such an impact on me, even a decade later.
I think we do always know it’s the good ole days. Life just keeps getting better and better. The kids get more and more fun. Home gets more and more like home. My job gets more and more exciting. It’s just a matter of staying grateful. That’s the lesson Howell taught me, I think. How important it is to keep perspective on what’s important, what was, and what’s to come. In the words of my wise friend Russell, to find the good and to do good.