Wednesday, August 11, 2010

No escape chute delpoyed here

The story of the Jet Blue flight attendant who quit his job in dramatic fashion by deploying the escape chute on the plane after it had stopped at the gate has been all the talk this week.  Judging from the number of people who have applauded his actions, I think its safe to assume that there are a lot of folks who must want to make a dramatic exit from their jobs and are living vicariously through his departure.  Today marks the one year anniversary of my final day at Crossroads Books and Gifts but there was nothing dramatic about it and I didn't deploy the escape chute when I left.

Despite the fact that I was the one who recommended to the task force that we close the bookstore, it was sad for me to see it close.  Crossroads represented the vision of many of the leaders and members of Christ United Methodist Church.  These people dreamed, invested, planned and worked to make it a reality.  Crossroads was a shining light on a hill at the corner of Grelot and Hillcrest and these people were understandably proud of it.  I'm personally passionate about the ministry of Christian retailing.  The sad reality, however, is that not all of our visions and endeavors will survive the test of time.  This is one that didn't and is a testimony to the rapidly changing times in which we live.

I would never have imagined a year ago that I would not be working in a traditional, full-time job a year after leaving Crossroads for the last time.  That, too, is a testimony to the changing times.  I've enjoyed having the time to write and the opportunity to even get to do that professionally a bit.  While the writing has been a fun part-time job, it's still just been a part-time job.  I'm working toward growing the writing job into something that more closely resembles full-time employment.  I hope that dream is soon realized but, if not, there may be something else in my future.  In any event I won't be deploying the escape chute and making a dramatic exit.

Have you ever wanted to "deploy the escape chute'?  

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