I met my childhood best friend while standing against a red brick wall in a little catholic schoolyard. It was the first day of school. I was unbearably shy and I couldn’t work up the courage to go and play with the other kids. A little girl, who I would later learn was named Marcia, ran up to me and said, “Wanna play?” I said yes. She grabbed my hand and off we rode into the sunset. Marcia and I were inseparable right up until graduation and all it took was two little words: Wanna play? It was as simple as that.
I see you.
You are welcome here.
Come and play.
Sometimes you desperately want to play, but you can’t move your feet. The thought of making a move and joining in is just too much. You can’t work up the nerve. So you stand there watching from the sidelines. Wishing. Waiting.
If you’re feeling scared or intimidated or paralyzed or lost in your career, consider this your invitation. Right here. Right now.
I see you. I recognize the longing. I’ve been where you are. I know what fear and yearning feel like.
You are welcome. Welcome to consider the possibilities, to make a change, to be brave, to answer your calling, to discover your calling if you don’t know what it is, to find your place among those of us who are happy at work.
Come and play. You’re on the team. You’re in the club. We’ll teach you the secret handshake.
You’re invited. Say yes.