So i thought of writing again, just a warning, this will be lengthy so read only if you have time 😉
Have you said “Thank You” enough?
This question struck me on today’s team Fave-up (learning session), the topic focused on the culture of appreciation and I can’t seem to get the question off my head.
More than reflecting on my answer to that question, I paused and think if there’s a possibility to run out of things to be grateful for. I guess i should ask this instead, “is Thank You enough?”
Half of 2018 was completed and i just celebrated my 31st Birthday with overflowing gratitude and love. There are so many things to be grateful for over the past year. Tbh, when i look back and remember my past hurts, disappointments and setbacks, i still can’t believe how the Lord gifted me with where i am now.
I still remember that a year ago, the stresses of my workplace and role almost rob me of the joy in doing what i love to do which is Talent Acquisition in HR. 1st week of June in 2017 i resigned without any glimpse of where to go next. While serving my notice period I was fervently praying and asking the Lord to lead me somewhere else if He wills. I was ready to change career and I was ready to go back to Philippines.
During those moments, God showed me His Love and showered me with graces. My notice period was shortened, i got extra 1 month of pay and the company was willing to wait for me to get a new job before they cancel my visa, it was the 1st moment of Grace with the Lord. 2 weeks i’ve done nothing but to regain my strength and my passion. It was a good moving on and healing stage, it was another moment of Grace. I learned that whatever cause us pain or trauma, whether it’s our job, our colleagues or loved ones, we should allow ourselves to heal before you start over again.
After 2 weeks of wandering and contemplating. I started looking out for a job, it was difficult not because there was no opportunity but because I cant seem to find what I was looking for. I’m certain that I am not just looking for a job but I was looking for something to ignite my passion. My friend mentioned to me a company, something I haven’t heard of because it was a start up, I checked their website, watched videos of their leaders and then I reached out to the Head of People on Linkedin to introduce myself. It was love at first sight, I knew well that it’s where i want to be. My next biggest lesson was, NEVER SETTLE! If i quickly accepted offers from other company just because i had to find a job then I would’ve missed God’s plan. But I waited and I’m glad I did.
Fast forward, i have been enjoying my role so far and i have regained my passion back. I love solving people’s problem and I’m glad that the team where I am now believes that our role is to solve people’s problem. So I’m truly grateful for all the opportunities that Fave has given me. My 1st gratitude goes out to them. For the trust and guidance especially in decision making and implementing recruitment related processes, for allowing me to mentor and for helping me and inspiring me to become better Thank you is never enough.
2nd reason for gratitude is for God’s blessing and provision. I never imagine myself living 10 minutes walk away from my office. With all the stresses of moving out from the place where i stayed for more than 4 years, I am glad that it was finally over and that God led us to this new place near office. I am also back to my daily workout and I am glad i can do it with my colleagues. So, whenever I walk back to and from office, i always whisper thanksgiving to God for this grace. Thank you will never be enough.
3rd is my family, i am so used to the distance but i am just grateful that even if I am far away from them the Lord keeps my family especially my parents safe and healthier. Now that I have better work life balance I am more excited for trips back home coz i can truly spend time with them. Also this year i got to see them more often, I am looking forward to see them again next month. My leaves has been approved and I will be home soon. I will get to see my sister who just got back from overseas work. I missed her vacation last year so I will see her again after 2 years. Thank You will never be enough.
Lastly is my source of strength and motivation – my relationship. I’m not gonna put everything in details but it often leaves me speechless even in my prayer, i thank the Lord for giving me someone that my soul desires. A relationship that keeps me grounded, brings me more closer to Him and someone who loves everything that I love. The most important lesson i learned from my relationship is to never lose yourself when you love because a person who truly loves you will embrace everything about you and not change you. And you slowly become better not because that person asked you to change but simply because you see a better YOU in his eyes.
I know my list could go on and on. So since Thank You is never enough, my hope and prayer is to keep translating this gratitude to action. To share more of myself to others and to the world.