Betterment Ramblings

Today, I said goodbye

Below is the goodbye message I sent to my work colleagues earlier this week. I reproduce it here for your benefit:

A beginning is only the start of a journey to another beginning – unknown
Let me start by saying that you’ve received this message as someone who has shaped me to be the person I am today through the last 16.5 years of my journey through __________. Everything we do in life is a journey – at the start of my journey as a Remote technical support technician in 1994 I did not know where my journey would take me. I’ve been blessed to have met many of you over the years as part of the training or L&D organisations. No journey can be completed without help from others.

For your help, guidance, persistence, recommendations, discussions and feedback throughout the years, I say Thank You.

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young – Henry Ford
I’ve been privileged to work in & around the world of “Learning” for most of my life and believe it is the heart and soul of everything we do. Henry Ford’s quote is one of the best out there to help understand how important it is to learn something every moment you can. I have not stopped learning since starting my journey, and strongly urge all of you to keep on learning, too. My learning journey will not end here – I have many options open to me in the ‘next’ journey I take but I can promise you I am already learning a ‘lot about a lot’ in preparation, and even then it won’t be enough. Don’t be daunted by the challenge, relish the opportunity to learn new things 🙂

Adventure must start with running away from home – William Bolitho
I’ve been working for 25 years of my life and have decided to take some time off and contemplate what the next phase of my life will look like. I’m looking at this as a new adventure, and in a way I am leaving a place one could call ‘home’! My future will be one that involves inspiring other people to take on new challenges, fitness, health, learning and socializing with good people. I’ll be looking at a way to blend them all together, and happy to hear any ideas you may have 🙂 I’ll also be working on my blog (My Proactive Life), going for more rides to raise awareness of various Men’s health issues, as well as spending time with the family and socializing more.

Many people replied stating that this message was inspirational and positive, and wished me all the best for the future.
What’re your thoughts about it?
Do you have any suggestions on how I can combine my wish to inspire others?

7 replies on “Today, I said goodbye”

Great words there – inspiring in themselves I agree – you consistently demonstrate a very positive outlook on life in everything I have seen you do, and these words reinforce that.

Have you ever thought about becoming a teacher – you’re a natural and I know you enjoy it. Watching my wife work her way through an education degree year after year, and the resulting passion it has woken in her – has been inspiring.

Your experience in educating and raising awareness about issues (like mental health) I have witnessed first hand. You have a talent for it. Is this something, with sponsorship, you would like to continue to do professionally? Another option to consider.

Best to you and I look forward to learning of and from your progress.

Tony Hollingsworth

Hey Andrew, good for you!

If you need a brother to be a sounding board anytime for your thoughts and ideas, I’m your man. I look forward to your next exciting adventures.

Best wishes,

Robin 🙂

@Tony Hollingsworth
Thanks for your kind words, Tony! I am open to any/all suggestions at the moment (brainstorming) before settling into a short-list of likely things to do. It’s both daunting and immensely exciting! 🙂

@Iggy Pintado
Thanks Iggy! There are times when I do not believe I am an inspiration and there are other days where I just back in it. Your comment is a great reminder that I should remember more on the days I don’t feel like I’m making any difference at all! 🙂

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