Feel the love

I am in the process of transitioning to a new team at work.  My current (soon to be ‘former’) team has a tradition that when someone in the group moves to a new area, a celebration is held where people can gather to honor the team member who is leaving.  Typically at these events small fun tokens of luck and cheer are given, and a few kind words or a bit of sage advice are shared.

Yesterday my team held such an event for me.  As is my custom, I asked that people refrain from buying me trinkets, and instead donate any money they would have spent to a charity or cause of their choice.  If people felt compelled to give me something tangible, I asked that they write a card instead.  (I’m a sucker for stationary, and I deeply value the written word.  [Probably no surprise on that one, eh?])  😉

Over the course of a meal, various colleagues that I have worked with for a period of time shared unbelievably kind words with me.  They each articulated what my professional and/or personal relationship has meant to them, what they value about me, how I touched their lives in some way big or small… and it was so, so beautiful.  Truly.  I was genuinely moved by the expressions of kindness, care, and compassion that were given to me; my heart felt cradled in grace – like an infant being soothingly rocked.

My team also honored my ‘no gifts’ request, and instead made donations to three wonderful organizations:

As the event came to a close, many people in the room gave me a card just before we all parted ways; and last night, I spent quite a lot of time reading the personal sentiments, and delighting in the spirit infused in them.

A big pile of tenderness

Here’s to my team – with heartfelt thanks.

Stef

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About Stef

A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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12 Responses to Feel the love

  1. Touch2Touch says:

    Gosh, what a wonderful sendoff, goodbye to the old and on to the new —
    Best of luck! with hopes for excitement, challenge, surprise, and growth.

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    • Stef says:

      Judith, thank you so much for your well-wishes! I’ve transitioned teams around 6-7 times in my 14+ years with the company (once every 2 years or so, on average) – and it’s always simultaneously sad to leave the old crew, and exciting to join the new folks. Always bittersweet. But – this sendoff *was* pretty darn amazing.

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  2. rutheh says:

    Kudos to the team! Kudos to YOU! Your new team is fortunate to have you.
    Nice tribute to the team you are leaving and I know they wrote some wonderful accolades for you.
    You would have to start a keep or pitch blog for trinkets anyway.

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    • Stef says:

      Ruth, you are too kind. Thank you so much for your very sweet sentiments!

      Yup, trinkets = clutter. I struggle enough with the stuff I already have! 😉 I get much more satisfaction out of knowing others who really NEED get to receive goodies, versus me who is already blessed with SO much abundance.

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  3. ElizOF says:

    What a wonderful tradition and how precious that you work with with a dream team. Kudos! 🙂
    Finally catching up on posts and comments. TY! 🙂

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  4. Katherine says:

    That’s nice that they did that. I would’ve made you wear a giant sombrero or something! OK, and I would’ve gotten a card for you too.

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    • Stef says:

      Katherine, it’s funny you should say that, because on one of my former teams (many years ago) for my promotion they took me out to happy hour at a Mexican restaurant, and they *did* make me wear a huge sombrero! It was, um, interesting…

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  5. How wonderful! Good luck in transitioning to your new team! 🙂

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  6. You deserve everything that comes your way. 🙂

    Nice post.

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