I was invited to a party for a former colleague who was retiring after 17 years of service. I couldn’t attend in person so I was asked to share some of my thoughts in a note that would be read at the party. So, in preparing my note, I reflected on her performance (consistently good), her results (consistently good), her technical skills (very good), her loyalty to the firm (exceptionally good) and I ended up landing here…
I’ve had a few weeks to think about this note. I reflected back on all of the ups and downs that we shared at work over the years. And the thought that keeps coming back to me over and over again when I think of you is "Grace." Someone who carries herself with grace. Someone with a quiet confidence. Someone who keeps their cool under fire. Someone who looks for the good in everything and everyone. Someone who always seems to be at Peace. At peace with yourself and others.
You remind me of the quote by William Hazlitt: “Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.”
You live your life with so much goodness and you’ve given so much…now it’s your time. Your time to kick back, relax and enjoy.
Thanks for all that you had done for me when we worked closely together. You are an inspiration and I miss our times together.
Best of luck and health in your retirement…
And, as a tribute to Linda’s retirement, a song from my favorite artist, Dave Matthews – “Grace is Gone.”
Painting “Last Dance” by Brent Funderburk. (Shared with prior permission)