Truly grateful for July!
Here are are some of my beautiful takeaways:
1 Pictures of family in Malaysia–something I looked forward to A LOT, much thanks to my sister’s regular Facebook posts!
2 Before Midnight. Heart-wrenching as it was, it still painted a wonderful naked picture of relationships.
3 Cinemalaya 2013! We only got to watch one from this year (Nuwebe) but we were also able to watch Boses from 2008.
4 Our visit to the National Museum and discovering a favorite by Amorsolo.
5 Closing Mass of World Youth Day Rio. Was truly moved and inspired by the Pope’s message to the youth. (Read)
6 It was a month of adjustment work wise, but I’m glad I’m slowly learning the proper pace of my tasks.
7 The last month at work of a very good friend and our little ray of sunshine!
8 The conversations no one hears–I wouldn’t trade that for anything. :)
My new job has been nowhere near easy-peasy. On top of my actual duties as a producer are responsibilities in pioneering management systems that have been close to non-existent in our department operations way before I joined the company (originally as a writer). But don’t get me started on that. I just want to talk about my sanity.
Officemates constantly ask how I have been ‘holding up’– they actually use this term istead of the usual ‘how are you?’–and if I’m happy about my work. “Well, it’s work!” I’d answer. And every single time, they’d laugh at me telling me I didn’t really answer either of their questions.
Truth is, and I can never stress this enough, work is work. It’s not meant to be my little patch of heaven on Earth. In fact, according to St. Josemaria Escriva, it is more of my ticket to a greater end. It’s not so much a question of happiness, but more about how well I can do in my duties directed towards a greater good. “Let us work a lot, and work well,” he said. And I mean to stand by this to further qualify and sanctify my existence here on Earth. If it means being open to criticism for further learning, or spending a few more hours in perfecting a project, then I’m game! We’re all going to spend most of our lives working anyway, so why not make the most of it?
My sanity relies on three points about work. Every form of work is: 1) respectable when done with integrity; 2) a contribution to both a bigger picture, and to myself in my development as an individual; and 3) an opportunity of finding a connection between God and the society I play an active role in. These three points are what I always go back to when lines get blurred due to the regular nuisances of work life (i.e., fatigue, politics, lack of motivation, lack of sleep lol).
So this is where I currently am in this crazy place called work. I have a few glitches to fix in terms of adjusting to my new position but so far, sanity has slowly been tipping over to the positive side (Thank God!). I’ll let you know how I’ll be holding up in the next few months!
Get into these interesting reads!
- Sanctifying Ordinary Work by Josemaria Escriva
- Work Life Harmony > Work Life Balance by Lisa Nicole Bell
- 9 Job Mistakes That Could Stall Your Entire Career by Forbes.com
- For Work-Life Happiness: Stop Balancing, Start Leaning In
“Still there. Still there. Still there. Gone.”
I don’t think I’ll ever get over this movie. Here’s to passing through!