I’ve been thinking about how to write this post for a while now. As of Friday, I will no longer be employed, by my choice. I won’t go into reasons here because they are complicated and personal and it’s not fair to present just one side of things. Over the next couple of days, I’ll be trying to articulate my reasons to various people and that will be difficult enough. I don’t know yet what the future will bring, but I’m looking forward to new possibilities and new opportunities. There are many possibilities on the horizon, but I’m going to take my time to decide which ones are right for me and the kind of life I want to have right now. One thing I’ve been thinking about a lot lately (and have written about here before at greater length) is how we let our work overwhelm everything else in our lives, often to the detriment of our health and our relationships. We leave ourselves with no time or energy to contribute to our communities or to the world. I think my one goal is to make sure my life is in balance, that I have time and energy for the things in my life that are important. I’m looking forward to the process of finding that balance.