I started my new contract IT job yesterday. I was talking to my dad about it Sunday, and started to tell him some hesitations I had. I had barely begun to voice my fears/negative expectations when my wise father said:
“Diane, stop! Don’t even begin to think that way. Go in with an open mind and positive expectations and do your best.”
Isn’t he smart?!
I also have added the injunction to go in with an open heart. Warmth towards my fellow-travelers on this part of the journey. Sure knowledge that they are teachers are on my path (else they would not be there). And that, like me, they are complex beings – filled with joys and sorrows – and a wee bit of baggage that has nothing to do with me.
I got to work and all the usual technical craziness of a first day on the job as a contractor were non-existent. My new company obviously has onboarding contractors down to a science – it was so easy! And I get to sit across from my friend Sam!
Even reading the 85 page technical design document (after lunch, no less!) was much more interesting than dull.
Miracles happen when I show up willingly and with an open heart. I am grateful.