Reset Like the Wasp

I can't deny I accumulated baggage during the job's duration.  There was a project that failed.  There was a decision I regretted.  There was the memory of a time a coworker snapped at me in a meeting.  And the memory of the time I snapped back.  I struggled with how to live in the present moment and how to shed the heaviness I felt.  I desperately craved inspiration for overcoming the past.

I thought about the ease of starting over.  A clean Inbox.  All new relationships with people.  A fresh perspective on projects with no memories of previous failures.

Then I remembered the time a wasp built a nest in my mailbox.  The day after we knocked it down, the wasp rebuilt in the exact same spot.  As far as I could tell, the wasp wasn't upset about the past or disgruntled about its current situation.  It seemed driven to do what needed to be done.  I admired its ability to live in the present.

I challenged myself to reset my own outlook.  To walk in the door with the optimism of a new team member.  To shove aside unhelpful memories.  To face my role with new thoughts and renewed energy.