They say that parting is such sweet sorrow. I believe somebody famous once said that?
 
Today, I lost a darn good employee to another position within our organization. More than an employee Tony and I have become close friends over the past 7 years. 
 
With more hours spent with our co-workers than our own family (8 hours a day x 5 days per week to be exact), it's difficult not to become close especially with such a tight knit group as we have in our program
 
That's why when I heard the news that Tony was thinking about taking another position that was being offered him my heart sank and my initial human reaction was to try and hold on to every little bit of control that I had.
 
But knowing that there is no opportunity within our program for advancement the choice was clear: I had to let go.
 
It would be selfish of me to hold someone back from their own personal as well as professional growth only so that my life could remain easier. Truth be told, I have the world's greatest employees and I've often told them that they make my job easy. And it's true, they do!
 
But also knowing Tony all these years and the tough decision he had to make of whether to stay or to go I knew that he needed help, not from his boss mind you but from a friend, in taking this next leap of faith in his career.
 
It's true that we can get pretty comfortable in one position for any length of time and so I had to ask: was it that this decision was tough for him or was it more a matter of getting out of his comfort zone?
 
After our brief conversation this morning we both knew what was best for him and though I will certainly miss Tony I am grateful for the time we had together.
 
Tony makes the fourth employee I've lost during my time as a supervisor either to another position or due to retirement. And although it is tough to let go sometimes I firmly believe that all that you do is bound to come back to you. Some people call that 'karma', but I prefer the old adage that we reap what we sow.
 
In the cases of Tony and those who have now gone, my focus is not so much in what I hope to receive in return but more so what good seeds have been planted along the way during the seasons of our lives in which we have shared.
 
To quote from one of my favorite songs with regards to why that is so important to me, simply put:
"Cause it's not who you knew
And it's not what you did
It's how you live"  
How You Live (Turn Up the Music) by Point of Grace
 
Run to win,
Den

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Published by Dennis Miranda