By Josep F. Mària, SJ

Imagine that you quit your job. Imagine, seriously, where you would like to go. And then ask yourself: What changes will you make at work to keep things functioning – perhaps even better – without you?

What responsibilities will you delegate to others? What functions will you assign to the person replacing you that you don't have now? What relationship style will you encourage her to have with her colleagues? What tasks will you ask her to prioritise and which ones will you consider secondary? What will you be satisfied about having done, and what will you regret? What will you regret not having done? What would you like to have done differently? Who will you thank?

Imagine, seriously, that you leave your city or your country: your group of friends, your neighbourhood, your association, your civic or political commitments. Imagine, seriously, where you would like to go. And then ask yourself: How will you prepare for this departure? What will you ask for, and from whom? What will you be satisfied about having done, and what will you regret? What will you regret not having done? What would you like to have done differently? Who will you thank?

What will you be satisfied about having done and what will you regret?

Imagine, seriously, that you have to leave your home. And then ask yourself: How will you prepare for this departure? To whom will you delegate essential tasks? What tasks that you do now will others be able to do? What tasks that you do now won't change your home life because they are not that important? What will you be satisfied about having done? and what will you regret? What will you regret not having done? What would you like to have done differently? Who will you thank?

Perhaps you should go where you have seriously imagined you want to go. Perhaps you should go to all those places. Or perhaps only to a few. Or perhaps to none.

But having seriously imagined leaving, you will come back to your job, your city and your home with a different attitude. Perhaps with a bit more gratitude, because now you understand what you have. Perhaps with a bit more awareness, because now you know what's important and what isn't. Perhaps with a bit more humility, because you have discovered what you haven't done right – and that you are not so indispensable.

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