Hello MCF-ers! Hope you all had a restful weekend? A new week is upon us already. There is no better time to quit procrastinating about that Big Leap, whether it is regarding relocation, a change of job or career even, or just confronting someone who has offended/hurt us. This post is about my struggle with resigning from my job….here goes!
FINAL APPROVAL RECEIVED! RESIGNING IS NOT EASY!
Look at me, I am one to talk! Today, we got our final approval – notification of visa stamping and application status in myCIC account displaying the word “APPROVED“! Thank Jehovah! I have been participating in the #Hallelujahchallenge on instagram and I believed God for a testimony today. Well, we got our testimony, glory be to God in the highest. We have not received our Pick Up Mail but that is now a formality and we expect to receive this no later than tomorrow. Come to think of it, we paid for a pre-paid return envelope, so maybe our passports are already on their way to us.
Anyway, I had checked our myCIC account at least 3 times before seeing this confirmation. However, upon seeing this, my stomach tightened and formed a knot. I was both happy and sad at the same time. The procrastinator that I am had set the receipt of our Final Approval as a condition precedent to my resignation. Anything to delay the inevitable, I hoped.
MY WORK FAMILY
I work in the Financial Services industry. For the last 4 years, I have worked day, night and midnight with my colleagues at my current firm. I consider my team mates to be my second family. We do not always get along, but which family does? Over the last 4 years, I have laughed, cried and laughed even harder. My team and I have succeeded and failed, stumbled and gotten back up. Our work schedule is so grueling at times, but you wouldn’t know it just by looking at us. We have made working long hours as much fun as possible. Misery does love company!
The best part of the last 4 years for me has been the life lessons I have picked up from working with my team mates. I have:
- Acquired a better understanding and command of the English language
- Learnt to try new foods and not be too picky (well, I am working on the last part, watch this space :))
- Learnt to manage upwards and downwards, to multi-task and to give my best in all that I do, consistently
- Finally, I have learnt to not be scared to fail. You see, I have learnt more about myself from my failures than from my successes. Tbh, there is really little or nothing to learn from one’s successes.
I have built a strength of character I never knew I possessed and grown thicker skin to criticism during my time in my current firm. I even picked up some expertise in drafting and reviewing legal documents. It is amazing how much you soak up when you open your mind to the prospect of learning.
So you see, for all the blessings and joys that relocation will bring to my real family and I, I am sad to be leaving my work family behind. Though I have told some of my colleagues that I will be resigning soon, the person who I am dreading having this conversation with is the big man himself – our oga at the top (OATP)! Telling him would make all this final, and thus start the tick-tocking of my exit clock.
Looking at him, I get the sense that he already knows and is just waiting for me to officially resign. This may be because our HR Head had signed my employment reference letter, presumably pursuant to her receipt of OATP’s approval. Hiss!
WRAPPING IT ALL UP
Even as I write this, I am reminded that this is a good dilemma to have. I am aware of the fact that we could not have been at this point without God’s grace. Furthermore, I do not take any of this for granted and remain thankful to God for His unending mercies.
Back to my resignation. Suffice it to say, that did not happen today. I will try this again tomorrow. You all have probably figured out by now that I am quite bad at resignations. I bawled my eyes out when I was resigning from my previous firm. Perhaps I grow fond of people too easily, so goodbyes are very hard for me *shrugs*
It is almost midnight now. Time to catch a quick “shut-eye”. Looking forward to Day 13 of the #Hallelujahchallenge at midnight tonight. See you in Hallelujah Church guys!
In the meantime, I would like to hear from you. Do any of you have great relationships with your colleagues? Any funny or sad resignation stories to share? Please leave your comments below.
God bless you all!