Changing Your Stars
A few mornings ago, I was reading a story from a book, one that I’ve read many times before. In the story, the patriarch of a family is pronouncing his dying blessing upon his children and grandchildren. In passing, he speaks to a man who was not originally a member of the family, but joined them later on during their journey. He reminds him of where he came from, and how far he’s come. He then tells him he will see many blessings upon his own family because of the good choices he made. The man had started out in a position that would be considered disadvantaged. In the beginning of his life, he was a servant to a bad man. Later, through a series of events, his employer was killed, and the man was given a choice. He could return to his home and previous station, or, he could join this family and change his life forever. He chose the latter, and ended up being known for his goodness and being enormously blessed as a result.
Five years ago this week, after many years, I left a secure and stable job, and took a chance on a new one. There were many good reasons to leave, but it was still an extremely difficult choice. I could lose the comfort and security of my much-loved colleagues and my routine, or, I could go on an adventure and take a chance on up-leveling my career. I decided to take the plunge. Of course, this didn’t mean my career difficulties were over. I was challenged in ways I never expected, leading to much drama (e.g. trauma), soul-searching, and even more career change. But I’ve also been so blessed, and finally, I’ve found myself in a place I never imagined all those years ago. Just like the man in the story, I’ve changed my stars.
You might think I’d be ready to take a break from all the change, and that I should be content to relax a bit. However, it’s just the opposite. Instead, I’ve felt compelled to begin this podcast and website, this labor of love. My hope is that by sharing my story, and the stories of others who’ve gone through similar experiences, I can provide encouragement to anyone else who might be pondering their own journey, and convince them to change their stars.
If you have a story to share, or have a question about what you read here, please add a comment, or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.