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TriSec Muses Again
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/20/2019 22:40:40

Good evening.

'tis a Sunday, and January 20. Two years ago now, my life was completely upended, leading me to a cataclysmic decision.


After being in the Healthcare industry in Boston since 1984 (Do the math - yes, I'm freakin' old.), I was involuntarily separated from everything I knew.

At the time, I wasn't terribly upset. It was a bad situation; I wasn't happy, and honesty I was still reeling from the death of my mother just about 6 weeks previously.

I worked retail for a while, and sniffed around with the luxury of time. As I said two years ago, previous times I've been out of work, I leaped at the first opportunity because I had to. This time was different - with money in the bank, an no dire situation on the home front, I bided my time.

You all know a curious job that I essentially took on a whim turned out to be a significant career change. After 30 years of driving a desk, I learned how to drive a bus, and started giving tours through the City of Boston with Old Town Trolley.

Fast-forward two years, and what a difference. This past November, I was actually surprised to become the Head Conductor here in Boston. That means I'm in charge of all the conductors. Schedules....training...mentoring...discipline...inspiring them to new heights....and now deeply involved in the hiring process to expand our team.

In many ways, this professional position is the culmination of my Scouting career. I'm using all the things I know and teach from Woodbadge. I've even had the thought that now I'm more like the Senior Patrol Leader to those men and ladies that drive trolleys for me in the city.

For years now, I've often felt that I have missed my calling and I should have been a teacher. While I have the spirit and the temperment, I never had the educational background to professionaly teach. All of my knowledge in this field was gained the hard way, by experience, and it gives me great joy today to actually receive a paycheck for things that come to me naturally.

It's been a strange journey. Some days....yes, I don't like some of the aspects of my job. But on more days that I can count, I've gone home with my face hurting from smiling so much. It's certainly been a strange turn of events for Your Loyal TriSec.

So, learn from me. Don't be afraid to take that risk. Try something different. Do something you love. I've actually been finding that the pithy statement from Confucious is actually true - "Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life."

Or maybe he didn't say it.

Either way - as Raine said to me two years ago..."Leap, and the net will appear."


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15 comments (Latest Comment: 01/21/2019 18:05:14 by Will in Chicago)
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Comment by Will in Chicago on 01/21/2019 02:42:39
I hope one day to be back in Boston, at least for a visit. You live in a great city that I loved in my first time there.

Comment by Raine on 01/21/2019 13:48:11
I love this blog so much.



Comment by BobR on 01/21/2019 14:12:40
This is a nice positive message, sorely needed in our current times

Comment by Raine on 01/21/2019 14:21:32
good Morning!

Comment by wickedpam on 01/21/2019 14:49:43
Morning

Always admired your willingness to take the risk of changing so much. Its inspiring

Comment by Raine on 01/21/2019 15:07:14
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

Always admired your willingness to take the risk of changing so much. Its inspiring

Concur.

It's why I chose to let this be today's blog.

Comment by Raine on 01/21/2019 15:52:07
Damn straight to Propane JAne.






Comment by Will in Chicago on 01/21/2019 15:52:09
Good morning, bloggers!!

I am off today but have more snow to shovel in single digit temperatures and below zero windchills.

I fear that this government shutdown will last a long time. Trump seems to be more concerned about being seen as week by DemAnn Coulter and the MAGA (Moscow Assets Governing America) crowd than solving problems.

Trump is a symptom of a larger problem: the marriage of wealth to the naked pursuit of power using fear of others to help propel some people to power. If Trump is removed from office, there will still be a lot of work to do to improve our country.

Comment by Raine on 01/21/2019 16:30:29
Dotus went to the MLK memorial today.



Comment by Raine on 01/21/2019 16:32:56
I'm pretty happy she entered the race.





Comment by wickedpam on 01/21/2019 16:50:10
Quote by Raine:
I'm pretty happy she entered the race.






Me Too

Comment by Will in Chicago on 01/21/2019 17:47:19
I look forward to more candidates entering the race for president.

I am curious what role age will play in the Democratic primaries. We have several candidates or potential candidates who are in their 70s or may be in their 70s during their first term in office, if not during the primaries.



Comment by livingonli on 01/21/2019 18:01:41
It just got up to 10 degrees here but still feels like below zero outside.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 01/21/2019 18:05:14
Quote by livingonli:
It just got up to 10 degrees here but still feels like below zero outside.



Conditions are similar in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. I shoveled some light snow from overnight.

Chicago winters make my California teaching license look more valuable. (I think that things will work out with the current job, but no teacher in January can be completely confident about June. I will start circulating my resume locally, as well as to the Boston and Los Angeles areas again.)