Today I began a new journey. Today was my first day at a new job…..one that I ventured into after spending the better part of two decades at a place that was overwhelmingly familiar. The best part of today was walking into a place that, although not as familiar, I felt like I belonged. The buildings, the walls, the faces and the surroundings are new but still give me a sense of home.
The joy of working in hospitality is knowing that a strong personality and having the ability to fly by the seat of your pants are not only requirements, but assets that can assuage any sense of discomfort that may arise from being in a foreign place. And today, I flew. I jumped in with both feet and hit the ground running.
Perhaps the comfort level comes from being in a situation that is remarkably similar to my comfort zone, but on a much smaller scale. Or perhaps that peacefulness comes from being able to be myself and not sweat the small stuff. I adapt. It’s what I’m good at and a skill that allows me to blend in without seeming like I have no knowledge of my surroundings.
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Tomorrow I can go back knowing a little more than I knew today – and knowledge is power. Tomorrow I take what I learned today and parlay it into a greater feeling of awareness and comprehension. Tomorrow the rest of me flies with the seat of my pants, and not just by the seat of my pants. Tomorrow I look back at yesterday and realize its success. Tomorrow, I look forward to many more tomorrows.