I worked with Heather in the mid 90’s. She was young, in her early 20’s. Just ten years her senior, I was a relatively new manager. We were both early in our careers, eager to learn and grow. We worked hard, and laughed even more. We delivered some great work, and had fun doing it.
I taught Heather the fundamentals of Training & Development. She crafted masterful powerpoint presentations, and patiently coached me on my (sad) technology skills. She openly talked about family, friends, and her new boyfriend. I talked about my family back in Cleveland, and the few friends I had made since moving to Cincinnati. There were awkward moments of silence when she sought to learn more.
We Build Walls
We build the walls around us
To keep out the few
Yet we lose the many
She spoke the words – this time I heard them differently
I felt them differently
The pain struck deep into my heart
You see, I built the walls around me
To keep out the few – the judgmental
I lost the many – the loving and caring
I regret the loss
I grieve the loss
It’s become all too familiar
So, who am I protecting?
The pain of missing a friendship we could have had
Yes, it’s all too familiar
And that I regret