Well, my friends, this is the last time we'll be measuring out life together — at least, here, in this space, in print.
My last day at The Globe will be Tuesday, August 10. It's a bittersweet departure because I love delivering news to the community and getting to know the people we feature, but I'm also accepting a great opportunity. My new job will help me pursue a personal passion, and I'm very excited to get started.
I was recently reviewing some of my old writing and came across the reflection essay I had to write in college at the conclusion of my first internship. I'd spent the summer managing a team of writers at a non-profit and concluded that I wanted to spend the rest of my life using my writing skills to help people. I've spent my time at The Globe informing The People, capital P, but I'm ready to transition into impacting people with a lowercase p.
I'll still be in Worthington. Instead of writing about law, I'll be learning to practice it. You'll see me at community events and around town, and I hope you'll still say hi.
When I started this column, I promised you that I would dare to disturb the universe. What actually happened was that I learned to see that universe-disturbing was already happening all around me. Worthington is not a status-quo kind of place. This community likes to think differently and challenge tradition and shake things up. And I've had a front-row seat.
I'll be taking with me what I've learned from all of you, and that is that community matters. What's a local newspaper, after all, without the community it serves?
Thank you for paying attention to the news, asking important questions and engaging meaningfully with public discourse. I can't number the stories I've written that began as a tip from a reader. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I'd like to end as I began: with a T.S. Eliot quote. This time it comes from a 1942 poem: "What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."
My ending at The Globe is the beginning of something new, not just because it's the next phase of my professional life, but also because I'm a new person compared with the Leah who first sat at this desk. I am a better writer and person because of the time I've spent working for you. Thank you for your feedback and influence.
I hope we'll all continue to disturb the universe, particularly in ways that make life better for people. Rather than measuring out life in coffee spoons (or column inches), let's measure it — if we must measure at all — in acts of kindness and stirrings of compassion and steps toward connection.