Not to put a damper on anyone’s summer fun; after all, it seems like we just got done with winter (and some of us are still keeping our pellet stoves on standby), but we in the Northern Hemisphere have already experienced “the longest day of the year.” Technically, the length of the day itself hasn’t changed – it’s still roughly 24 hours – but the number of hours and minutes we see that great yellowish orb in the sky is at its peak.
That’s right, folks, it’s the Solstice. After June 21, the Solstice and the first day of summer, we’re on a downhill glide back into winter. Can you smell the pine-scented candles?
Halloween is a mere 129 days away, Christmas is only 184. Let that sink in for a moment….
OK. Moving on.
All good yogis know that the key to happiness is to revel in the present moment, to relish it, and languish in it. Look forward to the future but live in the present.
At this moment, I’m doing just that. I’m savoring the delicious feeling of a new adventure. This week, I bring my time with Thorne Research to a close and start a new chapter with Nuance Communications. I’ve had a relationship with Thorne since 2010 and have just completed my second year in the Quality Assurance Document Control department. For those unfamiliar, Thorne is a manufacturer of high-quality nutritional supplements, and it’s the company’s unwavering commitment to quality that has led to phenomenal growth – so much growth, in fact, that Thorne has outgrown its facility in Idaho and is building a new facility in South Carolina. This presents a problem for many Idaho employees who must choose to uproot and move, or stay and lose their jobs. By the end of 2018, Thorne will close its doors in Idaho forever.
I didn’t want to wait that long. If you’ve met me, you know that I’m not that great at waiting and biding time (except when it comes to Christmas… only 184 days away and don’t ask me to open any gifts early!). Sure, I could future trip and expend a lot of energy on what-ifs and maybe-I-shoulds for 2018 but that’s not me. I began to think about what I would do if I had the choice. What would be my dream job? What have I done in the past that I’d love to do again? Once I began asking those questions, the answer was simple: I’d like a career working on proposals and pre-sale documentation for a forward-thinking company that does good in the world, whose praises I’d be proud to sing. I’d like to work with a great team of really nice people and, oh, and I’d like to do it from home, please.
Ask, and you shall receive (sayeth the Universe). Enter Nuance Communications, a front runner in the voice recognition software marketplace. Nuance is comprised of thought leaders who go beyond the limits of today’s technology. They create software that makes our lives easier, that makes technology conform to us rather than demanding that we humans bend to the rules of the technology. As someone who gets frustrated every time she has to re-key the Wi-Fi password into the wireless printer, these are praises I’ll be happy to sing.
So, as my time at Thorne draws to a close, I’m relishing the moment, not in a “so glad that’s over” kind of way, but in thinking of the people I met there whom I adore and whom I will miss. I’m thankful for all they’ve taught me and for the opportunity to pass along some good to them as well (I hope!). I wish them all the best for the future – and for where they are now.
I’m not saying I’m a yogi, but rolling around in the present moment and loving it no matter what it brings feels great, whether we’re talking extra minutes of daylight or long, dark nights, the end of one chapter or the beginning of a new. The key to happiness is experiencing it all with the same reverence. I’m looking forward to my journey with the amazing folks at Nuance but, in the days before that adventure begins in earnest, I am basking in the present. Maybe I’ll crochet a sweater or start on those Christmas cards (eh, too early?). All I know is, sometimes burning daylight casts a beautiful glow.