"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:"
2 Timothy 4
We often start a new adventure with a sense of excitement, especially if it's something we've been looking forward to. We are all charged up and ready to go, arriving on time and even early in many cases. Pause for a moment and think of a time when you started a new job. Were you excited? If you are like most people, the answer is yes. Unfortunately, by the time you leave that job, you no longer have the same enthusiasm: which may affect how you leave.
Finishing well, seems to be a challenge for many people, based on the burning bridges they leave behind. (Winks) My mom would repeatedly remind me of this; "Diane, don't burn your bridges, baby. Never know, you may have to cross that same bridge again." THANKS MOM
Reflecting on the many finish lines, I've crossed thus far in my life, I can honestly say for the most part; I've finished well. I may have been a bit, of a "hot-head" when I was younger; possibly leaving a few situations, a little emotional. Okay fine, I walked out angry!
After the fact, all I could do was watch those bridges, burn baby burn. There is nothing like a struggling dry season, to help you change your mindset and learn to control your emotions. A dry season is a place of transformation, that will allow you to have a greater appreciation, for the next situation. When I speak of situations, I am referring to jobs, relationships, marriages, homes, fill in the blank.
Observing my children, now adults, exit a job, makes me want to cringe. I am reminded of myself, when I was their ages. I want to scream "Noooooooooooo," don't leave like that, instead I respect their choices. My advice for the two adults that call me mom, is this; choose wisely because with every choice, there are consequences. I am proud to say that both my daughter and son are grasping the art of wise decisions and leaving fewer and fewer, smoke trails behind them.
How you start and finish something will determine, how others perceive your character and integrity. So even if you have been an exceptional employee, wife, tenant, friend, etc... The way you cross that finish line; will create the discussion, for how you will be remembered. Always strive to walk away in love and at the top of your game, if possible.
Run your race with a steady pace of wisdom, discernment, and love. Remember LOVE never fails. If you are starting a race, in the middle of a race, or just about to cross another finish line; FINISH WELL!!!
~One Love Diane