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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Getting to know me-

No, not you getting to know me. Me getting to know me. I am in transition. I am in conscious transition. I plan to retire at the end of next December, and I am moving into my next career. I have no idea what that career will be.

So, I bought the 2009 edition of What Color is Your Parachute, by Richard Nelson Bolles. It has been around for decades, and always sells well. Mr. Bolles updates the book regularly. I am sure he makes a lot of money by doing so, but I really get the feeling that he cares enough about the people who might use his book to do so for their benefit. I suspect he is wealthy enough by now not to have to do this, but he keeps on doing it.

More than just how to find a job he has tools in this book to aid a person in getting to know themselves. Though I have long been circumspect in my life I don't know how well I actually know myself. These tools will be useful in getting to know me, and from there I can figure out where I really want to go.

All of my previous careers (if such some of them can be called) have been taken to care for my family. I am at a point where I also have to seriously consider what I need. I need to find something that is not just a source of money, but something that will allow me to express myself through work. This has to be more than a job. I have had a lot of jobs. Now I need something more.

Presently I am reading through the book, familiarizing myself with the contents. I shall read it again, and do the exercises. Many are hard, and it will take time. I want to take that time. I want to do this well, and find a path that continues to care for my family and allows me to grow as a human being.

I look forward to getting to know me.


Pam said...

I haven't read that book since I was laid off from some job (I can't even remember which) a long, long time ago.

willow said...

Best wishes for your new upcoming path.