2011 in Reflection

It’s been months since my last post. It’s really simple. With my work life being so busy, I’ve taken to Facebook’s concept of faster and shorter updates and the automatic links to many friends and contacts. But, there are some posts that you’d like to write a little more about sometimes, and this is probably one of them.

2011 was a tough year. It certainly started out as one of the toughest I’ve ever encountered, and I hope it will remain so.

The company I am with was acquired by the company that I transferred from earlier in 2009. Story is complicated, but suffice to say, I am back with the company I joined in 2007. With the change, there was a jostle amongst people for positions of importance and influence, and I was inevitably affected. I had a horrible Dec in 2010 (apart form my beautiful holiday in Korea with the family), and was all ready to quit. This feeling lasted through February and April, but thankfully, things took a 180 degree change from May, and I began to really enjoy the work that I was doing.

What made the turn around? Well, it’s all about people. Some were put into their places, and they toned down. Others stepped up and things began to stabilise. I, thankfully grew into the position that God put me in, and God truly saw me through one of the most difficult periods of my career, and I think I passed with His help….. with flying colours no less!

Looking back now in December, and in retrospect, I was thrown-ed into an unbelievable situation, and as a result of which, have grown tremendously in maturity, tenacity, calmness, and just the simple knowledge that God is in total control and that He holds my future completely in His hands.

Are things going to get better in 2012? Well, from what I’m already seeing in my mails, it is only going to get busier and more challenging. I’ve already seen emails requiring my inputs and coordination for due diligence studies that is to be completed by the end of January. That means a portion of my leave gone. It also means that I am likely to go to my overseas family holiday with my blackberry turned on, and with my Macbook Pro in tow.

However, although the work is increasing, it is extremely challenging and exciting. I enjoy it, and the value that I see myself adding to the business is very rewarding. As I was preparing to write my year end reflection to my team, as I always do, I took a look at the piece I wrote in Dec 2010, and from it I drew strength and conviction. It was a quote from Charles Swindoll, the Christian Evangelist, and what he said continues to hold true today.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

So, it is with me. life is 10% of what happens to me, and 90% of how I react to it. I remain completely positive and look forward to what 2012 will bring with it. I pray God’s blessing over each and everyone of us, as we close this year, and move into the new year. May I wish everyone, a Merry Christmas and indeed, a Happy New Year!

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