A Toast to Courage and a New Life

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
–William Faulkner

There is a longstanding tradition in my family of being asked to present speeches and toasts at various occasions and events. It happens often enough that I garnered an early obsession with Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, that beloved compilation of all things wise and witty that can be opened at need or stood upon to reach the top shelf.

It took me more than a few tries of random page-opening to find the right words for this moment in my life, but I think Faulkner’s are a simple and elegant summary.

I have a new job and a new home!

Packing up husband, cat, and the million things it seems we’ve acquired over the last five years, we’re moving to a new town in our old home state.

Packing up skills, memories, and my trusty loupe, I’m changing jobs to forge a bright new path in my industry.

I never thought I would come to love the place we’ve been living as much as I did. The small town, slow pace, and ridiculously short commute made daily life pretty easy. I certainly never thought that a job I chose by accident would deliver an industry, career, and passion.

Now I gather my courage, finding myself in equal parts gripped by fear of change and uncertainty and uplifted by the prospect of wonderful new opportunities and a dramatic lifestyle shift. Our new living arrangement will allow for much greater freedom and access to so many things we love (food, art, culture) and my new job marries my love of the jewelry business with my desire to move it forward through technology and rapid growth.

I get a little philosophical I guess (a side effect of all that Faulkner, no doubt), but inside my brain is humming with constant activity and my gut is doing some strange alchemy with lead and butterflies. So much to do, so many changes all happening at the same time, and not nearly enough hours in the day or ink in my pen to keep it all straight. It’s time to be better than myself, to pull back the bowstring and launch. Off we go!

I’ll bookend this post with another Faulkner line, always apropos in times of change and personal growth: “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.

 

2 thoughts on “A Toast to Courage and a New Life

  1. *Very eloquent and passionate…I hear that you are in Miami…warmer than here!* *Meditation & breathing will help you get through the jittery stages…..every day.*

    *There is a lot of lovely (online) meditation music & chant which soothes the soul.* *Chant and certain kinds of music actually change and calm brain wave activity.*

    *We have a CD which actually warns listeners not to drive while listening because * *it has **an affect on alpha (brain) waves and can lead to sleepiness. Do a Google search.*

    *Much love and many wishes for smooth transitions. Send us your new snail mail * *address and the name of the company for which you now work. *

    *HAPPY ALMOST ANNIVERSARY* 💞💕❄💑

    *”A bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless you fail to make the turn.”* *- Helen Keller*

    On Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 8:52 AM, Piece of {Karat} Cake wrote:

    > Cay posted: ““Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do > not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try > to be better than yourself.” –William Faulkner There is a longstanding > tradition in my family of being asked to presen” >

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