Leaving my work family of the past decade is very difficult. I know corporations, especially in the 21st century, are supposed to be uncaring, sterile, impersonal entities, but I have come to feel that I am a part of this one. As I begin my conversations with the new family, the process is exciting, scary, puzzling, and full of intrigue all at the same time.
Work families are never easy. Getting a viable working arrangement with an institution that is ultimately fueled by profit maximization (i.e. greed) is a challenge at which many continue to fail. Understanding the natural tension between corporate and personal good, the process of exercising group ethics, and personal and corporate growth can overcome even the strongest and most courageous. I found the time it took to actually believe, feel with my heart, that I was part of the team, to be the most frustrating and unending. Nothing ever seemed easy.
I already know the new family is going to have a new set of challenges. I do not understand the corporate history, yet my role is to drive change. The roadblocks are real, yet I come into the scene without anyone to hold my hand as a guide. My responsibilities go beyond myself; the process of meeting everyone will be a major adventure.
God knows that it is difficult to keep coming back into His family when we think we are all by ourselves. He suggests that we are not alone. He offers the mandate and protection of the Son. He clearly talks about the Presence being at our side. And there is even the fact that each of us has a personal angel to watch over us. And then there are the others.
“Talk to Wisdom as to a sister. Treat Insight as your companion. They’ll be with you to fend off the Temptress – that smooth-talking, honey-tongued Seductress.” (Proverbs 7.4,5)
I easily forget everybody in the family! No more. Hello Wisdom. Greetings Insight! Come, let us walk together and fight off the enemy. We are going to have fun living!