Tuesday, July 11, 2017

View from the front seat

This is why I stopped moving up, even though many of my former coworkers and even those I trained when they were rookies have gone past me as they climbed the ladder.

This is why I still come to work.


 I could have a nice office.  I could have a higher base salary.  I could have the respect accorded those who have achieved a higher pay grade.  But then I wouldn't have days like today, flying through the mountains in a helicopter to look for fires, looking at lakes still frozen in high alpine cirques and lonely green valleys.

It was the right choice.

14 comments:

  1. What an adventure! I love how much you love your job. :)

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  2. I love the view from your "office" window!

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    1. Can you believe it? People would pay a lot for that kind of tour.

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  3. So glad you have these days to affirm your choice of life and lifestyle. A very small number of people get to see and do what you do. What an office! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. The park is really pretty right now. There's lots of flowers and a lot of the lakes are still frozen.

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  4. When you "get" to go to work, instead of "having" to go to work--you know you have the right job for yourself. Thanks for sharing the photos, and enjoy the front seat!

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  5. Happiness and satisfaction in life trumps a little extra bit of money!

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    1. Yes it does. I wouldn't be happy in most of the positions above mine.

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  6. "Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." (Attributed to several)

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  7. As someone who (for better or worse) just took a chance on the "move up" route, and is more than likely going to be thinking about all those moments like this that I'll be missing from here on out, I think it's pretty awesome that you're committed to doing what you enjoy... I'd agree it's the right choice! It's all the intangibles like this that make the difference!

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    1. I think you made a good decision and to some extent you might be able to structure the position so that you can still get out. I see a lot of people succumbing to inertia and not leaving the paperwork behind for a day or an assignment. Then it becomes easier not to.

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  8. Wow, that's quite a view! It's better to do what you enjoy with a slight paycut, than to hate yourself just for the title and a little extra money.

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