Today, I’m posting a piece that I wrote as a guest blogger for another blog.
A little bit of background is that since June, I have been working a certain job. One of my bosses (Linda) is a blogger and she asked me to guest blog on her blog. In the light of dusting the cobwebs that have accumulated here, I have decided to post it here as well.
Enjoy the read!.
Today was my last day working a job I got in June. I was an intern for a dissertation writing clinic organised for Post Graduate students at Uganda Christian University, where I got to work with an amazing team; Hope, Linda, Patty and many other people. This journey coming to an end is such a bittersweet experience for me. On one hand I am glad that I finally get some rest and also that the end of this only leads to a new and exciting journey (I will be starting my bar course on Monday), on the other hand I am sad because I get to leave a life and routine (which I loved) I have known for four months.
Working this job came with alot of experiences and lessons. Many of the lessons I learned were work related, however, there was always room for learning life lessons; like the fact that so many people do not read/understand their emails, but oh well, that is a story for another day. In this post, I will write about the more “serious” lessons I learned from working with Linda and Patty.
FROM PATTY, I learned to see what God may have intended for when he lets things not go as planned.
I learned this lesson on the day we had our first large group session. A few hours before the session, we decided to test whether the projector worked with the laptops we were meant to use. It worked. Fast forward to the beginning of the session, it failed to work. It took us over 30 minutes of a lot of phone calls and up and down movements to finally get it working. During this time, Patty encouraged the students to get to know each other and engaged them in other interactive activities. At the end of the session, she said this prayer that gave me this lesson. Part of her prayer went like this: “…Lord you alone knows why we did not start as early as we had planned. Maybe it was because you wanted to teach us about patience, maybe it was because you wanted us to get to know the person next to us….” On and on she kept mentioning things she thought God may have intended for. I smiled throughout her prayer, thankful that I had learned a new way or viewing unpleasant situations.
Still FROM PATTY, I have learned about the importance and magnitude of positive reinforcement. Most people do not want to slack at what they do, especially when they are being paid for it. Sometimes I felt like we slacked a little (delaying to accomplish some tasks, taking forever to reply some emails, etc) and that would make me feel like I am letting them down, but Patty was always on top of her positive reinforcement game; encouraging us, complementing our work,speaking positively about our work to other people. This was very uplifting and we thrived on this.
FROM LINDA, I have learned one of the greatest lessons I have learned yet! That is; to ask myself the question “WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN GOD TODAY?” on a daily basis.
How did I learn this? It was on the day she sent Hope and I the link to her blog. That phrase is her blog name (written in Luganda) translated into English. The most amazing thing was that when I read through her posts, I realised that she writes about where she saw God on a particular day. Immediately I realised this, I knew I wanted to ask myself that question every day. Through doing this, I am developing and attitude of gratitude regardless of what happened during the day and I am learning to see God in even the things I would normally take for granted.
FROM BOTH PATTY AND LINDA, I have learned to give. To give; my time, energy, resources, knowledge, skills, literally to give anything I can afford to. Their dedication towards making the clinic work and providing their expertise to help people for nothing in return is very humbling and inspiring. Students talking about how blessed they were by the clinic was a highlight.
This job has been a great life experience. I learned so many other lessons but there is only so much I can write about in one post. I am thankful for Patty and Linda for giving me this opportunity and I am glad I met them. Working with them has been more of a friendship than an employer-employee relationship. I am glad that I am not leaving empty handed- I am leaving with a truckload of lessons, new skills, new friends, new acquaintances.
I hope you are well.
What has life taught you lately? Share in the comments section.