Reporter David Greene is leaving NPR. That’s US public radio if you’re not from around here.
I don’t know him personally.
His colleagues are talking about his departure on the radio, so it's more public than most and it's a very warm, admiring farewell.
Greene’s been working there 15 years.
To hear them tell it, he’s the greatest thing ever.
This begs the question: how do you have a good farewell?
How can we effectively wash our hands of 2020?
Here's an exercise to help you say goodbye to this year and other things that end.
These can be applied to work, a relationship, whatever....
Focus on looking back first.
Invest a little time in auditing, assessing and savoring it all and you'll create more space to give a complete farewell with your whole heart...
Here are a few things to ponder:
· How did you surprise yourself this year?
· What's one thing you learned did about yourself?
· Who or what helped you?
· Of what accomplishment are you most proud?
· What will you leave behind in 2020?
· What was your most important discovery this year?
· What challenge did you overcome?
· Complete this sentence: My favorite thing was ________ because ________ .
Patterns, themes and trends are loaded with information that can only be seen when you look back.
Hope you enjoy a nice, long, sweet goodbye.
P.S. In his career, David Greene interviewed Barry Manilow once and they sang a bar of "Mandy" together, so he might very well be the best thing ever.
The best thing you can do for your career is help someone else with theirs.