Tonight, I find myself well over a month into my new job, and if I’ve never said it before, I can now say without hesitation that we never know the places we’ll go! There is no doubt in my mind that the past 7 weeks have been some of the best weeks of my life. Yes, there have been long days, no telework days, and definitely some moments of utter exhaustion, but for the first time in a long time I’m certain that every morning when I head out the door to start my day, I never feel like I’m going to work, I’m just going our for some daily fun. I love what I’m doing and never could have imagined what this life had in store for me!
I now can better appreciate the amount of time it took for me to transition into this job. In the waiting days, I was far from happy, but now, I have absolutely no regrets. Why, you may ask? Well, today I had the opportunity to meet with the deputy director of my current institute. As she led our meeting, I sat in awe of this remarkable African-American woman…not because of her credentials, but because of her undeniable passion for mentoring younger African-American women in the fields of science and public health, and her commitment to improving the health of women and children by any means necessary. This woman has an incredibly busy schedule, yet she found 15 minutes to spend talking with me and my rotational supervisor, and she ended our conversation by thanking me for rotating in their institute and assuring me that I would have a worthwhile experience. Talk about being stunned…I was beyond thankful for the opportunity to sit in her office, that was enough for me, and yet this woman found it in her heart to thank me for coming to spend a few months working in their office. Oh, the places we’ll go!
On top of this, I had an opportunity to meet with the President of a Southern college that is primarily attended by young African-American women. This is a college that I dreamed of attending when I was younger (but I was afraid to be that far away from home at the time). Never in a million years did I think I would get to sit in on a meeting with this college president. And to make things even better, I will get to meet her in-person next week. That was completely unexpected, but such a blessing! Oh, the places we’ll go!
I’m no Dr. Seuss when it comes to putting words together, but I like the words of his book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Although a children’s book it highlights the peaks and valleys that we all certainly experience in life. He also talks about continuing to move forward when things are a bit unclear. He ends this book with these words:
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!
The more I live, the more I learn to be open to all that life has to offer. The guest preacher at my church a few Sundays ago preached from the theme, You Have No Idea. That statement is so true in my life right now. God is doing the absolutely amazing! He is doing the unimaginable, and He is showing me that I don’t really know the places I’ll go.