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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Of losses and new starts: the career saga

Only God can truly see the start and the end of any situation. He is always in the process of preparing you for the next step. From where you are, it may look like the most illogical way to go, but once you take the step, it all becomes clear as to why you are there.

You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will
- Proverbs 19:21

I’ve heard it happen to some other companies. I’ve seen it happen to people. But it was only recently that I saw it happening to me.

Retrenchment. And it’s not just parts of the pie. The whole pie would have to be eaten. And my elementary knowledge on fractions didn’t even prepare me for this one.

Let me give you a clearer picture on what’s happening. Fact # 1: My company is closing down. Well, at least, to use their term, changing its business model from a pharmaceutical company to a biopharma one, and it’s not just the Philippines. Fact # 2: Everyone will loose their jobs, including me - someone from medical research, separate from sales and marketing. That’s just so un-cool.

But when shit hits the fan, you just have to let it all splatter on your face. You’d puke afterwards. Maybe cry a little and definitely smell like shit, literally. But in the end, like all things, it shall pass (ok, I think I’ll have to end all analogies now).

Tuesday, it was 2:15 in the afternoon, hours before I can get my afternoon tea and have a friend give his gift. I was 15 minutes late due to the hassles of metro color/number coding. As I entered the room for the company “communication’s meeting,” I felt a sudden cloud of emotions envelope me. I felt it from all the people around. I knew the news already, and the room was filled with quiet screams – or at least that’s how I would describe it. Then the speeches from the company officers came. Then the realization – it wasn’t just one department, one product, one line… it was all of us – including me.

The news hit me unexpectedly despite the endless whispers of office gossip mongers (they’ve finally hit the bull’s eye and were actually correct this time around). Though the shock lasted only a few seconds for me, it was seeing how it affected other employees that made the sadness linger for more than it was allowed.

I am young, both in the general workforce and in my current company according to tenure. There has not been much emotional investment, not even the feeling of attachment to the company. The morose feeling didn’t come from self realizations, but more of vicinity observations.

I felt the urge to hug people I hardly know (whose names still escape my memory). Some of them were with the company half their lives (even more). First job for most of them. A deeply rooted comfort zone. Probably godparents of each other’s kids. Possibly established strong friendships within circle. A second family. Mostly breadwinners. Fathers. Mothers. Daughters. Sons.

The gush of emotions came from all these contemplations. I’m normally not affected when things happen (in fact, I have been tagged as “emotionless”) save for this particular event. I shed a tear NOT for myself, but for others who will leave a big part of themselves unexpectedly.

It would be easier for my self as my youth and field of expertise would enable me to find another job easily (or at least I prayed it would be so). But for those who have gone past the age of getting their “senior citizen’s” card, I wager it would be harder.

Though we differ mostly with our “effectivity dates,” most would have their tenure end on the last day of the New Year’s first month. I haven’t had the chance to speak to any of my colleagues, but I do have a few things on my mind.

Since my unfortunate entry in this place called earth, I’ve come to know my God in different fashions. Most would say that God is good, God is kind, God is merciful, God is loving, but I would just have to add what I knew of God…

God is humorous.

He gives gifts in the most unexpected packages. And He loves surprises. He loves giving his servants trials that makes them weak with hopelessness. And when we are all too remorseful for our own good, he lays out his beautiful plans like a shiny treasure in a wooden pirate’s chest. It is when we are weak that His glory is magnified and our thirst to know Him more intensifies. And I won’t even risk to sound much of a cliché, but I’d have to say, doors may close but windows would open somewhere for new things coming.

It’s like a story of a father wanting to take away a gift necklace from his daughter. The daughter, expectedly, refuses to give the gift back. But in her sleep, her father takes away the necklace to be able to replace it with something much more shiny and precious. The kid, realising that the gift is gone, cries in mourning for the lost gift. But when her father shows the new gift, she finally understands that for her to be able to receive the new one, she has to let go of the old one.

To my colleagues, I know most of you worry much of tomorrow, but once you’ve done much of what you can do, do let tomorrow worry for itself. God will provide for his faithful servants. And His plans will be shown to you sooner than you would expect it.

In my years of living, God has shaken His head at my nonchalance on direction and plans that He usually had to forcefully take them away to be able lay out His plans. Maybe He is doing the same thing to you all. He is taking away your comfort zone for you to move in to a bigger plan, a richer opportunity.

A company was lost to its investors, but friends will remain, opportunities will endlessly open for all, blessings will continuously pour.

Take care my unknown colleagues. We will see each other again.

(Before I forget, Merry Christmas!)

13 mga umutot:

JP aka handyman said...

that's terrible... but let us not lose hope and let us not pity ourselves because we think we are less fortunate than the others; in the end the good will always prevail and everybody will have his place because God will always take care one of his own...

Toilet Thoughts said...

Thanks JP, rest assured, there is no self pity, nor losing hope going on here. hehe.

And yes, God will always take care of each...

thanks JP. :)

Mugen said...

When you said to me that afternoon that God will provide, I knew you'd be able to weather this storm.

Godspeed Poi. Based from experience, what it said in the Proverb was right.

jamie da vinci! said...

i am a firm believer that the Lord works in ways no human mind can ever fathom. despite the many unpleasant things life may throw our way, i hold onto the hope that i will survive because i will never be dealt something i cannot overcome... with the help of Him who empowers me, of course. here's to a better and brighter tomorrow jepoy!

Toilet Thoughts said...

@Joms: Thanks Joms. Yes, experience throught me the same as well.

@Jamie: Right on that. I say as well, if God put you in it, God will pull you through it.

Cheers to both of you!

Happy holidays!

aliping binabahay said...

aww, nakakalungkot naman

i'm sure may kapalit din lahat ng yan.

MakMak said...

Something better will come your way. :)

jonathan said...

They took away your work but not your drive to succeed and to hope and find a new way. We are all resilient and in times where we are lost, we will always find something in return.

You give hope to people in spite of your own lost. I commend this great attitude. Have faith always.

Toilet Thoughts said...

@Alipin: yup! meron. alam ko. I'm already excited to as what it would be.

@Mak Mak: Thanks!

@Jonathan: Thanks Jonathan. Cheers!

And happy holidays to you all!!!

Bino/Geno said...

Awww. Such untimely event for christmas. Anyway, I hope you can get a better job soon. Merry Christmas! Sana po makadaan ka sa blog ko para magkakilala tayo. :)

carl said...

POI!!! Namiss kita ha, in all fairness.

Do you want a teaching job in Russia?

Contactin mo ako kung interesado ka. ^_^


Toilet Thoughts said...

@Bino/ Gino: Christmas gift daw for my colleagues. hehe. Thanks for droppin by. Merry Christmas and happy new year na din. :)

@Carl: Hehe. Namiss din kita. Teaching job? hmmmmm. I'm not all that confident with my skills on that field, let alone English teaching, Science pwede pa. Pagisipan ko ng mabuti. hehe. At sa Russia pa, hehe. :)

wanderingcommuter said...

that is the right way to look at it... i admire your outlook in life. sana lahat ng tao ganyan ang pagtingin sa buhay. life won't stop from where you ended it.. at least, that is what i believe!

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