Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Major Milestones

Today's an important day. I am officially starting my new job with Compassion International. This evening, I'll board a flight from Salt Lake City, Utah, where I was visiting my sister Liesl and her family and fly to Manado, Indonesia, where I will participate in the launch of our newest Leadership Development Program.
My role these two weeks? Learner. I'll be learning all I can about this new program of which I'll be a part. I'll also get to know many of the team members, many from Indonesia, and some from the Compassion headquarters in Colorado Springs. I can't wait! I have such a profound level of peace and excitement about this position, the work that I'll get to be a part of, the organization which will become part of who I am. 

But today is also significant for another reason: I sent in the final version of my dissertation and book for the final OK before printing. Last night, I also got the comments back from the technical editor, so those changes have been made, as well as minor suggestions from the review panel. Although my graduation ceremony is only in June, I have officially completed my doctorate in ministry in global transformational leadership. 

I am now Dr. Booysen, but as I wrote on Facebook earlier this week, I'm still just Adele. The doctorate merely positions me for different job opportunities than that which I have had until today.

Søren Kierkegaard once wrote, “The thing is to understand myself, to see what God really wants me to do; the thing is to find a truth which is true for me, to find the idea for which I can live and die.” It's not that I'd physically lay down my life for the chance to participate in a job that incorporates my skills, passions and is meaningful, but I know for sure that embarking on a role that is serious play makes life and work a whole lot of fun!

Thanks for being part of my journey.