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Days 265 & 266 - Humbled

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Thank you all who shared your stories in your comments on my blog post from Thursday night (Day 264). I am so honored to have so many SparkFriends who are all doing good things for your own communities. You make my heart grow bigger.

I had a good day yesterday. It started with our faculty meeting. A tradition at the college is to have welcome gifts for the new employees at the beginning of the school year. The English professor Mike and I were both showered with gifts from the other faculty members and the Dean. Some of the gifts were funny (a shot glass with the parent college logo, a bowl of Skittles to soothe a stressed-out student) and some were touching (a piece of angelica root from one of the counselors who is native American, she told me about how her ancestors used the root as a medicine to calm yourself). It was a happy meeting with many warm sentiments shared.

I spent the day with Carla, the woman who had done the fiscal services part of my job for many years before retiring in 2014. She had come back for the month of July to fill in while they waited for me to start. She gave me much insight into the job, and gave me some much-needed training. She's coming back next Wednesday for another session, after I try flying solo for a couple days. I took her to lunch as a thank you for all her help. She's delightful.

At the end of the day, I found out that one of my Financial Aid technicians has decided to move back to Marysville and take a job at the main campus. She is really great, and I'm sorry to see her go, but glad that she'll be back in her home town and with her friends. She will be great in her new position. She also told me that my part-time FinAid tech wants to go back to full-time, which was a huge relief. That way, a new hire will receive superb training!

One of the best bits of news I got yesterday is that I'm going to have a designated parking space with a "Reserved for the Campus Operations Director" sign! Sometimes it's the little things that mean a lot!

I left campus just before 5pm and got home just as Steve was taking the dogs for their afternoon walk. I joined them, and then we came home to get ready for Joseph, Tim, and Lisa to arrive. We took them out for a quick boat ride, then came back and had wine and appetizers while dinner was cooking. We ate outside on the deck just as the sun was going down, and the stars were amazing! We could see the band of the Milky Way right overhead. It took our breath away.

Today is a tour of some local wineries (Steve has to work) and then Joseph is fixing dinner. It is going to be a great weekend!

I hope you experience something that takes your breath away today. It is both a reminder of the magnificence of creation and how infinitessimally small we all are in the Cosmos. We may be tiny, but we are magnificent too!

Keep Sparking, friends!
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    You know it is such a joy to read your blogs since you changed jobs. You can't contain your happiness. You have always been a glass half full kind of guy, but it is like you glass now has a natural spring in it and it continues to overflow. Not many people in life get to be as happy and rewarded as you are right now. And the thing is you are smart enough to appreciate it and live in the moment.
    2012 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Sounds like the stars are aligning for you Steve. I am so happy to hear that the new job is still fantastic. Sounds like a perfect fit for you! Enjoy your weekend. Sounds like it is starting off great with friends fun and a wonderful setting for a relaxing weekend! Enjoy the day and give thanks for all the He gives us.
    2015 days ago
    Wow - what a way to welcome new employees
    2015 days ago
    That sounds like you have that first week at work in the bag, Steve! What kind and thoughtful gifts from your colleagues too! I am glad that you are having a special weekend with happy friends to round it all off.
    Yesterday I was invited by Lena´s dad and his girlfriend to come around in the evening to celebrate the safe arrival of our granddaughter, Jonna. Lena´s dad is seriously ill with fibrosis of the lung and it was so touching when he got his girlfriend to take a photo of us both with a raised glass of champagne and then said "Wendy, you can give this photo to Jonna on her 18th birthday and then she can see how pleased we where that she was born". We sat in their magical garden, candles and hanging lamps glowing and had a little weep... It is truly the small, good moments in life that count!
    2016 days ago
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    2016 days ago
    What a wonderful tradition for new hires!
    2016 days ago
    Steve, You got your own parking space. You have made it! There is nothing else in this world that is greater than one's own parking spot. Hallelujah!!!!! So happy your job is going smoothly. Your weekend sounds fun, enjoy, enjoy! hugs, fredie
    2016 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/22/2015 4:36:30 PM
    Your OWN Parking space WITH a sign!!! That's emoticon
    A bowl full of Skittles wouldn't last long on my desk! I love them, especially the sour ones! I eat them one color at a time.. starting with the yuckiest to the best.. yellow lemon, green lime, orange, purple grape, then red cherry. I also like the mixed berry flavors too! I don't eat them often. I'd rather have Good & Plenty
    I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend with your friends. emoticon
    2016 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    What a great day emoticon A shot glass, Skittles and angelica root those three gifts alone cover about all the bases.

    Enjoy the weekend! emoticon
    2016 days ago
    WOW. I love the presents, especially the Native American one. That was a very special gift, one from the heart. It is so nice to go to a new job and have everyone be so thoughtful and inclusive.

    I have no doubt that when a new hire comes on, you will find a treasure to give to them.

    Have a wonderful weekend with your friends. We are getting a massive storm tonight....tornado warnings even. They won't come, but it is always interesting around here this time of year!!

    We are but an atom in the cosmos, and yet we can still be magnificent!

    Spark on.
    2016 days ago
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