Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Next Phase

We got the news today at work. AT&T is terminating my company's contract. Our leadership team has few answers about when each individual group will be affected. So it is no longer if, but when. There were a few hundred people in the room this morning and another couple hundred on the phone and everyone was in a state of shock. Believe it or not, a feeling of relief drifted over me and I have no idea why. I assume it is my guardian angel telling me that things will be OK.
I know deep down that we will be fine. I think it's time to do something that really makes me happy.
My blog friend Ms. AB Soup just went through something that was not unlike what we will be going through the next few months. She lives in Australia and instead of moping around, she boarded a flight for Canada and is taking a good long holiday. I got a card from her recently and she sounded like she was having the time of her life.
We have plane tickets and a room booked for a music conference in LA next month. Jilda asked if we should cancel the trip. I did not hesitate in my response - no way are we canceling. Not only are we still going, but we may extend our trip and drive up the coast to Vancouver, Canada.
But it is my intention to move into the next phase of my life where I do something meaningful for my family, friends, the planet.....and me. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

3 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear this news Rick but everything will turn out OK.Just go with work to the end but don't ignore any entitlements. As for the holiday, go for it!! This is the time to make the most of the rest of your lives..
    Ms Soup

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  2. Ken Owens11:56 AM

    Rick, Old Friend, I have mixed emotions with this news. I'm concerned with the stress it will cause for you and the rest of my friends left there at EDS. I also feel it can be a positive move for a lot of you. For some I'm sure it will be bad to disasterous. For you, I am sure it will be just a change in the wind that fills your sails. While it may not be easy, just adjust the compass and sail on. You know that the world is not flat and you are not at the edge.

    It appears you now have some post graduate work to do in "Life 101". I wish you and Jilda good sailing and Godspeed.

    Ken

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  3. Rick, it will only be a short time before you find that new career. In the meantime, as Ms Soup says, "don't ignore any entitlements". Enjoy your trip to LA. The drive up the coast is beautiful. Your guardian angel will see that you and Jilda are fine.

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