That time of year has come once again, the self-review stage at my place of work, and I have been agonizing about filling out my form for two weeks. Tonight, I finally buckled down to complete my side of the process, and while filling out information for each category I felt blocked, uncertain, and like a certain amount of information needed to be provided (and uncertain I was meeting those expectations), when finally, with a sigh of relief, I reached the bottom.
At the end of this form, there was a space for "Employee Overall Comments". The first thought that occurred to me was that it was not necessary for me to fill anything in that box, I had clearly spent the last three hours thinking and writing a sufficient amount about my experiences, work ethic, and examples. But then I felt compelled to write. So I started, and thirty minutes after submitting that form, I cannot tell you exactly what I wrote. But I can tell you this: the words that sprung from my thoughts to my fingers and into the world were strong, confident, and filled with emotion.
Filled with gratitude.
I am so grateful to be working in an environment where I am able to use my knowledge, express my opinions, and be so appreciated. I want to say thank you to all my co-workers; I do not have the words to express the great impact you have had on me over the years. I value every moment working with each and every one of you, and thank you for all you have taught me, and for the encouragement you show me every day.
I knew I liked my job, but until this moment, I did not realize the full scale of how much I really enjoy going to work every day. Even amidst all the chaos, change, and uncertainty. I know that I will be challenged, respected, and get to do good work. I am So Grateful!
Have you been surprised by the joys you find in your work? Is there something you have suddenly and unexpectedly learned about yourself?
with joy and gratitude, ~Alaina