Life requires a balance of give and take. It’s hard when it feels like the balance is off no matter what you do. I remind myself to give in and simply let go. The solution can be negotiated later.
After not being able to get out for my interval workout during daylight hours, I drove to the gym and reluctantly set foot on the treadmill. In an instant, I felt out of balance. I couldn’t keep up with the forward motion without holding on. I was scared. I was so scared in fact, that after continually tripping over my right foot, I ended the run after only 1 mile.
Almost immediately, I thought about my big career decision. I have one offer in-hand and have been told that the other company plans to make me an offer on Friday. Without having committed to either one, I handed in my resignation on Wednesday. It was much like stepping off the treadmill tonight and looking around the room trying to select another workout option. Will it be the Cross Ramp or the Stationary Bike?
Given the current economy, the first offer (providing an ever so slight increase in salary) was fine right out of the package. For negotiation’s sake, I talked them out of a tiny bit more. This is the “take.” I expect the “give” will start on day 1. Baring any surprises, this will be the offer I end up accepting. However, I am doing my best to wait for the other one to come.
I’m negotiating a path forward. It’s exciting and scary, but since I’ve already let go of the railing, I have no choice but to choose a new path and go for it.