Reflections on 2018

Year End 2018

Here we are, just a couple of days away from the new year. I am sure that I am not alone in taking a moment or two to reflect over the 365 days that will soon be behind us. After a previous rough year, following the death of my mother, severed ties with my father, a conclusion to a relationship, and a less than “ideal” living situation, a few more rough winds had to blow through.

In February, I faced some headwinds in my career. I had anticipated some changes, to some degree, based on the overall decline in retail’s in-stores traffic. I was working for one of the large retailers seriously affected. Like others facing the same struggles, in-store operations were scaled back, with resources redirected to an online presence. It was time for a change.

I landed into a spot with another large retailer in a limited situation, which is exactly what I wanted while trying to figure out my next big move. I am an operations guy, so my visions are big. At any rate, the limited position helped expose me to some new areas and ideas. Remember, you can always learn from every situation.

I have a confession. I did make one giant mistake. I had been offered a job in a different field. One that I had worked in many, many years before retail operations. Perhaps it was my curiosity of “what could have been” that took hold of me. Ah, who am I kidding, it was probably the huge salary that blinded me from the obvious warning signs. I think I recall something about “if it sounds too good to be true.”

After two-and-a-half months of hell on earth, I learned my lesson. It also confirmed what I have always known within. You should never take anything or anyone at face-value. Some folks are just not good people. Trust your gut and never give-up your integrity, not for anything or anyone.

After escaping a bad situation, I landed on my feet with something new. I truly love my new work environment. As an operations guy, I still have my goals set very high. As we approach a new year, I am looking up at the mountain top and making my plan on how to get there.

As for the relationship status……….. Still working on that one.

Author: James Patton

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