Life always has its up’s and down’s. But thru it all, we learn to be stronger and wiser each time. Moreover, some obstacles are actually a blessing in disguise.
During my career as a consumer marketer in a multinational company, I used to put my heart and soul to the job. Working late was a norm and even weekends were not spared. That was because I totally enjoyed the business. When I took over the business, it was considered a dead line as far as the company was concerned. The company was basically industrial focused and consumer business was a drop in the ocean. However, I strongly believed there was great potential and nurtured it from zero base to million dollar division. The feeling of joy, sense of achievement and satisfaction was like a mother for her child. Unfortunately, the corporate world can be very cold and cruel if you don’t know how play their game. When there was a change of guards, the new manager quickly replaced me with one of his cronies and created a redundant position for me. Obviously I was utterly distraught. For 10 years, I struggled the hard way to build a business and it was almost like part of me. Now that it bore fruits that was how the company rewarded their staff?s contribution, dedication and loyalty.
That was the turning point in my career, and it helped me see life from a different perspective. All was not lost. It made me realized that there were more important things than dying for the company. My mum and my husband were 2 strong pillars who helped me pull thru that difficult period. At the same time, I also discovered who were my really true friends
When I was put in the cold storage for that one whole year, it actually gave me more opportunity and time to spend with my family, especially my mum. For that I am ever so grateful and glad. Everyday I took an extended lunch break to be with my mum. After lunch, we enjoyed “kung fu” tea together, chatted and reminisced over the trials and tribulations we went thru over the years. It was one of the best times we shared and would always be remembered.
Looking back, I am grateful because I may have lost my career but gained back myself.
Sometime later, I came across the following Teachings, an excerpt from Buddha’s Wisdom which I find has greatly helped to enlighten the way I view life’s experiences
LIVING IN A GRATEFUL WORLD
Be grateful to those who have hurt or harmed you
For they have reinforced your determination.
Be grateful to those who have deceived you
For they have deepened your insight.
Be grateful to those who have hit you
For they have reduced your karmic obstacles
Be grateful to those who have abandoned you
For they have taught you to be independent
Be grateful to those who have made you stumble
For they have strengthened your ability
Be grateful to those who have denounced you
For they have increased your wisdom and concentration
Be grateful to those who have made you
FIRM & RESOLUTE
And helped in your achievement.