My *cough*-year high school reunion is coming up and so I’ve been casually Facebook stalking some of my old classmates. (Oh, stop with the surprised/slightly judgmental look already, you know you do it too.)
Turns out, one of my classmates is the CFO of one of the biggest University Hospitals in the U.S. I had no idea! She had ‘liked’ one of my random posts and when I clicked to see what she was up to, I immediately thought, DAYAMN.
I must admit, for just a split second I felt like “Wow. She’s really done a lot with her life. Wonder how my life measures up?”
Yeah, I know I know I know. “Compare leads to despair,” and all that personal growth crap. But after all, I am still human. And I could tell how far I’ve come in my personal growth, because I wasn’t fixated on it, it was more of a fleeting thought (hip hip hooray for the effects of clearing work!)
But what you might not know about me is that I was on the VP/CEO path for a long time. I was working my way up the corporate ladder through a prominent hospital’s nefarious administration and I got the dang MBA, for Pete’s sake.
The trouble is, the more I grew, the less I fit into the corporate scene.
The more I focused on my own growth, the less tolerable I became to my peers and my superiors. (Ha! I’ve been out of the corporate scene for so long, it sounds funny to even say the phrase ‘my superiors.’) The more I was accused of rocking the boat, refusing to play ball, not being a team player, and having ideas that were “too far out there.”
And to think, this was BEFORE I realized I was a psychic or got into any of the weird stuff. The only thing I knew back then was Law of Attraction, which as you know, is a great start but can only take you so far.
The truth is, I outgrew Corporate America. (THANK GOD.)
I’m not knocking ALL of corporate America…I sure do like this Apple iMac I’m typing on…and I appreciate that when someone calls me on my land line, Comcast provides the technology and the people to make sure the call gets through to me (not to mention internet)…and I love how well our family fits in the Buick Enclave…and just this morning, I was assisted by delightfully friendly and helpful employees at the King Soopers (owned by Kroger). I can appreciate what Corporate America provides for us, and I can appreciate all the work that Corporate America employees do for me and my family and my community, all without my feeling the need to personally go and work there.
I’ll support them with my dollars thank you, rather than the other way around. It just works out better for everyone that way. (smile)
And as for my classmate who’s successfully achieved the pinnacle of her career at just *cough* years old?
I’m so proud of her! I get to say I knew her when! And she was always a damn smart cookie with a lot of drive and determination, so I’m not at all surprised by her success. From what I can see (while stalking her on Facebook), she seems happy and that tells me she’s right where she’s supposed to be. So I am thrilled for her and amazed at all that she has achieved.
There’s a saying I love — “A rising tide lifts all boats.” It means, when one of us does well, we can celebrate and know that we, too, are lifted up. I love that.
And I’m grateful (for the Facebook stalking) as it gave me pause to think about how different my life would be if I had stuck it out in the corporate route. I wouldn’t be wearing slippers right now, that’s for sure. I wouldn’t be typing this from my home, at 9:30AM on a Wednesday, watching spring bloom before my very through the windows.
I wouldn’t be a Spiritual Ass Kicker – which I honestly CAN NOT imagine my life without. It has become so much a part of me (dammit, now I need a tissue) that I scarcely recognize that girl who was once me, trying to please others and get ahead in the corporate world.
I love my life. I love my family. I love my home. And I love my work, more than I can describe, more than you can imagine.
I love that you, you crazy-amazing-wacky-beautiful-magnificent-spiritual creature, YOU are reading this right now. I love that you and I have found each other, whether it’s for a brief glimpse or for many lifetimes together.
When I get a message — whether it’s a comment on the blog, or on the Facebook (now who’s stalking who?), or email, or phone, or even snail mail (yes, I do still get actual mail from clients and fans! That is the BEST!)…when someone shares with me the difference my words or my methods have made in their life, it reminds me that I am exactly where I am meant to be.
It doesn’t matter how you get there (hell, I probably needed that MBA and the corporate experience so I could relate to my clients who are finding they no longer “fit” the corporate scene as well), it only matters WHERE YOU ARE NOW and where you want to go next. That’s it.
Raise a glass and toast my classmate and all her success. (Here, here!) And then raise a glass and toast yourself – just look how far you’ve come! And what adventures lay ahead.
Cheers. Love you.