Moving On

Today’s reflection is a poem I wrote about ten years ago about moving on when a chapter of life is completed.

Moving On

The dust swirled around the
town square like the last smoke
of the big fire of ‘94.

Gathered around the outreaching
oak tree were the citizens, who
made up the town’s elite.

Where has he gone, they asked
in a gentle cadence, like the blues
he used to sing.

Haven’t seen him since the last
party he gave, was the only
verse the mayor could add.

As if god had reached his hand
into the town and extracted one
of their own, Wilson had vanished.

Some said that he just got kidnapped,
and a ransom note would be forthcoming
on the next inbound train.

Others were sure that he had found a
new love, and left in embarrassment over
the town’s lack of appeal.

Someone said they saw him in the
city having lunch with suspicious
men, who may have done him harm.

All in all, they did not know where
he was. His life just ended in this town.
No goodbyes. No message.

Perhaps he had learned about moving
On. When the fat lady dies the opera
is really over and so the curtain closes.

Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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