Looking back over my career, I recall:
- Not being able to accept a coveted position in Los Angeles. I later learned that I was being used by others to "stab someone in the back". More significantly, on the west coast, years later I would not have been available to care for my mother as she battled cancer.
- Being selected for a position that I really did not want. My selection made my ailing mother "proud"; that made me happy. The experiences and opportunities were tremendous.
- Being moved from a high profile job to a back office, low visibility position with other "cast off" staff. My staff and I created and catapulted a little noticed law into a major program and priority of a federal agency and other partnering domestic agencies. I was back on top!