Like the perfect piece of baker’s chocolate, today will be bittersweet. I am comfortably ensconced in a chair in my office, shrouded by four very familiar walls that are situated on a property that I could maneuver my way around with my eyes closed. But today is my last day in this place.
A big part of my life has been spent exploring every facet of the 408 acres that make up this resort property. From my humble beginnings in 1986 I have cleaned every single one of the 158 rooms on numerous occasions, I have served hundreds of people in its dining room, I have greeted hundreds more at the front desk and I have encouraged thousands to vacation here. My car could drive itself from home to office after the numerous trips we have made together down this winding Muskoka road.
This home away from home has been the site of many experiences for me, some fantastic and some tragic. This job was not just a job. This place gave me the tools to grow, not only as an employee and a boss, but as a person. This place introduced me to many people I consider an extended part of my family. From staff to hotel guests, the connections I have made here will last a lifetime.
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But the time has come to change the landscape I see on my drive to work. Although the splendor of the Muskoka beauty will still be seen through each of my car windows, the shadows that dance on the road before me will be different. The path that my tires follow will be not be naturally carved in the pavement leading me to the walls that contain so many memories. This new path will take time to feel as comfortable but I’m sure it will lead me to just as much happiness.
As the image of a lifetime fades in my rear-view mirror, the path ahead is waiting to welcome me with open arms and begin the journey of making new memories.