Saturday, November 08, 2008

All change...



We are all somewhat resistant to change and goodbyes are never easy, but I guess it's just a question of perspective.

My manager retired on Thursday after 40 years of service and I think we are all a little nervous of how on earth we are going to fill his shoes. Sure, his replacement is very capable, but it has always been easy for us all to pick up the phone and tap into those 40 years of experience whereas now we are going to need to be more resourceful. On the positive side, he has worked damned hard and is certainly deserving of a long and happy retirement so who are we to deny him that?

Secondly I was surprised to hear that our beloved Tap and Spile is closing tomorrow night as Dave and Rose have decided it's time to move on. We are all going to miss them both and it's unfortunate that circumstances have dictated that the pub will actually close (hopefully just short term). As I have posted numerous times on here before, I truly believe it has been home to some of the best ales, food, music and of course regulars. But again, the sale of the pub has been ongoing for years so from their perspective it must come as a welcome relief that they can put the pressures of running a pub behind them and get on with their new lives.

Perhaps the reason we find such goodbyes so difficult is more to do with our own discomfort and insecurity at being left behind rather than considering the positive prospects for the leavers themselves...

1 comment:

Jeremiah Andrews said...

You may be loosing a colleague, but not the wisdom he gave you before he left. Now you will all have to draw on what you know to next do what you have to do. His replacement may not fully fill his shoes, but he or she will do their best. Go easy on them.

If you follow the Buddhist practice of non attachment, the pain of separation will go much easier. People come and go from our lives, and we should be grateful for the wisdom they left us, and we should bid them good cheer in their moving on.

Raise a pint at the Tap and remember This too shall pass...

Jeremy