I always try to be honest on this blog, especially when something touches me emotionally, so here goes.
I had to say goodbye to a longtime colleague today. Things are changing at work and well he was nearing retirement so it was a logical decision. I accept it.
But just because I accept it doesn’t mean it won’t hurt as much. Everyone says your coworkers are just that. You work in the same office.
When I think about it though, I’ve worked with this man for 6 years. We knew the ins and outs of each others lives. We finished each other’s sentences and knew what the other was thinking before they even said it. We were a great team. And when I did the math, those 6 years came out to be 1,500 days, or 12,000 hours.
That’s probably more time spent with him than my own family.
So no. He wasn’t just someone I worked with. If that makes me less of an ideal employee, then I’m ok with that. Because at least I know I have a heart.