I’ve been in the same office for many years. I’ve seen a lot of people come and go. I’ve moved physical offices many times. I’ve had numerous managers. I’ve had some great times but in recent years, I’ve had a lot more challenging, frustrating, soul-sapping ones. Suffice to say, I have a love-hate relationship with my workplace.
So how does this lead to being grateful? It’s all about how I’ve chosen to look at it.
- I’ve made some really good friends I would never have met if not for this job;
- I have good camaraderie with my immediate team;
- Through a terribly dark moment 5 years ago, I experienced a life-changing opportunity that I truly believe gave me the chance to finally have my family; and
- I’ve been given amazing opportunities to meet and interact with people from all over the world, as well as travel to places I would never, otherwise, have ever seen. My travel experiences have left deep impressions on my life. In addition to places I’ve visited on my own accord over the years (such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, London, York, New York, San Franciso, Hawaii), work has led me to:
Norway (including the Northern Lights in the far north)
– Tromso, Stavanger, Bergen, Oslo
Sweden – Lund, Malmo
The Netherlands – Amsterdam, Leiden, Maaastricht,
Canada – Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal
USA – specifically Salt Lake City, UT; San Diego, CA;
Santa Barbara, CA and Seattle, WA
Scotland – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling
Wales – Lampeter
United Kingdom – Bristol, Bath
Japan – Sendai, Nagoya, Tokyo, Kyoto
Taiwan – Taipei
Can you say you are grateful for work, or the work you’ve done in the past?
Are you doing what you love or heading in that direction?