1. Nicely said Penny. This sort of look back can lead to revelations about what we love and what needs to be changed. It should be a regular (but not too frequent) occurrence in our lives.

    I’ve been a lawyer for more than 25 years (I was a teacher before that). My greatest lesson has been that leadership is a function of love. If you don’t, or can’t, love the people you are responsible for, they will never respect your leadership. A corollary to that is the service engenders love. To love someone, serve them.

    Keep up the posting, Penny. You’ve been hitting them out of the park lately.

  2. SPUP,
    I enjoyed your reflections on the past decade of work. I’m sure the funny stories go beyond dead hamsters! Many of these tips apply to life in addition to career. You seem to have found a healthy balance of work and life even though you question its existence. My Dad was a teacher for 35 years. What seemed most important to him was the relationships he built and the impact he had on the lives of students he spent so much time with.

  3. This is really great advice! being only about 5 years into my career, i can draw so many parallels from this. One point that really resonates with me is comparing the worst with the best.

    Everything in life has ups and downs, there will be good days, and there will be awful days, the most important thing is to keep going, your journey is different from everybody else’s, don’t get discouraged

  4. Jover

    10 years is a short time and really freaking long time. Thinking back, 10 years ago I was just ending a honeymoon period in my job FOUR JOBS AGO. Things would end really badly about a year later and my whole world would be turned upside down for the next 2.5 years after that… But it put me on a path to really care about my finances and it led me into the kind of work that I do now (for a lot more money than I made 10 years ago) and now I’m an expert in my field, recognized statewide. That wouldn’t have happened without the kick in the pants 9 years ago, when I was becoming miserable but was too afraid/committed to walk away.

  5. Really well said, Penny! As the ordained minimalist of the group, I will say that sentimental mementos are important. Not only to aid as memory devices (as if I’m ever going to remember a really nice love letter from a long ago boyfriend all on my own), but as physical signposts. I see absolutely nothing wrong with holding onto truly memorable items from our past. It’s our past and no one else’s, you might as well celebrate it.

    • Jody

      Ooooo, I really like the signpost analogy, but I’m afraid I might use it as an excuse to keep things. Hm….

  6. Great points Penny. You might have learned these from teaching but they are relatable to everyone. I need constant reminders that plans change. I’m bad for not letting spontaneity in and living on a structured schedule. The bf and I are very different about this, and while it sometimes drives me crazy, I think it’s good for me in the long run!

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