Yesterday I got to participate in a Welcoming/ Opening ceremony at work.
We’ve been working in a temporary office and yesterday we moved into our newly renovated digs. To celebrate the opening of our new work space, a community elder was brought in and she performed the ceremony.
I really enjoyed being part of it. As a matter of fact, the elder gave me the burning sweetgrass so that I could help with the smudging. Smudging is a type of cleansing ritual. I had no idea what I was doing but everyone said that I did a good job.
Basically I took the smouldering sweetgrass around the room and held it in front of people so that the smoke would flow over them. Everyone did something slightly different but most people directed the smoke towards their eyes, ears, mouth, over their heads and towards their heart. I have to say that it was really a special experience.
During the smudging the elder was speaking in her native tongue and when she was done she translated what she had said into English. Finally she did a chant saying the word “Welcome” while beating a drum.
I really love this kind of stuff. Being part of this new cultural experience was a treat and I felt grateful that I was able to experience it. I feel a little silly in that I don’t know more about the people who I work with but I am happy to have the opportunity to learn.
Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know but it is important to keep an open mind and to take advantage of learning opportunities when they present themselves.
Today, I signed the contract for my new full-time job – wahoo!! I start on Monday!!
And since it never rains but it pours, I kind of got offered a part-time job (in my field) this week which I had to turn down. A friend of mine works for a local university and recommended me so I may end up doing some freelance for them in the future, who knows?
I’m very excited to go back to work! Although I’ve enjoyed my time off (for the most part), I’m looking forward to working with a new team. I love working with smart, talented individuals and can’t wait to see how things go next week.
It’s going to be weird getting up and getting out the door for a job again. And I’m sure the kids and I will have some kinks to work out so we can all get out of the house on time. They are excited for me to go back to work too so hopefully they will be cooperative.
I have been off work for 1 year on October 24th and I start my new job on Oct 21st. That’s so close to a year it’s within spitting distance. I’m not sure how I’m going to fit all of my extra-curricular activities in there now that I have an actual job though.
I’m still going to keep up the blog, the year isn’t over yet and I’ve got stuff that I haven’t accomplished. I’m also going to try to keep up with the writing, I really do want to write a book and I’ve written over 2000 words now so I should keep going!! My writing course continues until mid-December so I’ll just have to get more organized in order to fit everything in. I may need an actual schedule as I want to try to meditate in there too.
I’m going to be busy, busy, busy and just in time for the chaos of Christmas to start closing in. But that’s ok, I think it’ll be a good kind of busy 🙂
BTW, the parking ticket did turn out to be a job 🙂