Not Until You Have Nothing

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Like most people, I had a very rough start in my career. I did not enjoy my job until quite recently.  I spent the first few years having no direction and worry about job security, nasty bosses, steep learning curves, and very overwhelming work load.

As the years went by, I started working with amazing and inspiring people. My big big break did not happen until I was blessed with good managers that not only gave me good guidance but was inspiring and instrumental to my success.

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So how did I survive those long hard years of struggle?

There were two statements that I held close to my heart during those difficult years and they are “The best is yet to come” and “It keeps getting better”.

I started drawing strength and motivation from past bad experiences and I found myself saying “this is not as bad as when I was working with…” while recalling difficult situations that caused me to quit the previous job.

Through time and with each new career move, things got better and better.

I am now convinced that it is natural for us to keep on searching for betterment in life. But in our journey in seeking happiness and success, we tend to make the wrong decisions that caused us much grievances. While curious to know what the future holds and what fortune new opportunities might bring, we get distracted and become ungrateful with what we have already achieved and attained.

Certain decisions may cause us to lose everything that we have built and achieved. That is when we look back in our lives and start to recollect what we miss most – the regrets. But there are lessons to learn in such situations as well so that when something bad happens we can recall them and be appreciative that our current predicaments are not as bad.

I guess that is exactly why we all need some tough times in our lives lest we forget what we must appreciate. Every situation has a role to play in our lives be it good or bad. The bad reminds us of all the good that we have and the good reminds us of all the bad we have gone through. Tough journey towards victory only makes the victory sweeter.

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If you are currently facing difficult situations, I hope you will hold onto faith knowing that it will only get better…

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One Must Travel

In my most humble opinion, traveling is one of the most important things in life one must experience for him or herself.

You will learn a lot of valuable life lessons while traveling more than you will ever experience by just reading.

While I travel, I am always on high alert and more observant of my environment. In being in such a state of mind, I am able to pick up more queues from my surroundings compared to when I am in a familiar place where my guard is usually down.

Through my travels, I was able to admire many different beautiful sceneries. Sometimes, because of the luxury of time, I am able to stop and take the time to admire even the simplest of object like an oak tree.

There were also light-hearted moments when I notice silly and funny things like a condom lodged in the plane lavatory paper towel dispenser. Such scenario will never fail to make you wonder and cause your mind to wander.

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Traveling have also allowed me to relive my favorite moments twice and recently allowed me to see my favorite places twice in different seasons. Living near the equator have never afforded me the opportunity to experience the different seasons but traveling allows me to do just that. This year alone I am glad to have seen the Gooderham Building in Toronto twice – once during Winter and recently during Fall or Autumn.

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My recent trip was nothing short of an adventure. One of my plane rides from San Francisco to Houston went through the supposedly category 5 Hurricane Patricia that eventually weakened and downgraded to a minor storm. Though a minor storm, the 30 minutes terror ride through the turbulence only made me believe in God even more. During this time, it was really between the pilot, the plane, and God to decide whether we live or crash. I imagined I was in a roller coaster without rails and that made it worse.

I was also one of the passengers stranded at Fort Lauderdale when it was shut down due to a plane that caught fire during taxi and getting ready to take off. Such situation taught me to be calm and be a quick thinker in solving the problem at hand. Glad I made it through and arrived at my eventual destination safely even though I had to re-schedule my plans with much disappointment and dismay.

Another great thing about travel is the people that you get to meet. During time of distress is when you meet the nicest people in the world. You have so much hope for humanity knowing that people are naturally helpful and kind.

And sometimes it caught you by surprise to realize the person sitting next to you was a celebrity only after disembarking the plane. The last person seated next to me is a famous Crochet pattern extraordinaire and author. I was disappointed that I did not at least taken a selfie with him.