Giving Thanks to All Who Support Me in All My Ventures
The lines Hugh Grant, as Prime Minister in the movie Love Actually, says when his sister (Emma Thompson) calls him while he’s working – “I can’t talk, I am a very important person, doing very important things”, to which she responds, “no you are not” as only a sister could, and proceed to briefly chat, reverberates with me.
During this job search phase, networking was instrumental. I reached out to very important people, and although they were doing very important things, like Hugh, they took the time to speak with me, both on a personal as well as professional level, as they were intertwined. So, if you will permit me a slight hiccup in this writing series, I wish to speak personally of and to those who made my journey theirs.
I begin with our family priest, Fr. Francis J. Tierney, a gentle and loving soul who took my family into his fold when I was only 3. I remember falling asleep in his arms when he came to dinner, playing underneath his desk when he was holding fort at the church office, and all those years thereafter until he departed from our physical lives in 2005. I say that because, in faith and love, I still believe and know he stands by my side nudging, cajoling and delicately reprimanding me when necessary. His “Orrrriiieettta” still resonates ever so often and gives me the courage to move forward.
I recently had the joy of spending a traditional holiday lunch with two of my former bosses, with whom I worked for almost a decade, and although we continued on our separate professional paths, have maintained contact. In that short meeting, like they’d done before, brainstormed with me, and as mentors and surrogate dads, imparted their perspective as to what I can and will do going forward.
Like Art and Ken, the mentors I have found along my career, there are the Jims’, Louise’s, Fred’s Joao’s, Mike’s and Kate’s, Peter’s, Alberto’s and Allen’s, Cindy’s, Eric’s, Rajesh’s and Betsi’s in this world I call work. To the teachers, Slattery, Quaranta, Glickman, D’Angelo, Karody. Ragusa, Ferrandiz, O’Toole, O’Brien, Fores, to name a few of the many, who imprinted their knowledge, experience and dreams upon me as well.
To the peers, colleagues and especially the friends (not enough space to name you all but you know who you are because you are on my permanent email list!), who have taken the time to send a note, an email, made a call and left a message to say, hi, how are you? A simple yet thoughtful query. You have permitted me to laugh, cry, and express fear as well as optimism.
And those I have recently met through my present job search. Antonio, Dan, Ron, Don, Alex, Beth, Jackie, Susan, Pat, Rebecca, Peter, the list goes on. New mentors and colleagues who have generously given of their time and experience to someone they barely knew. Their empathy and desire to assist and share is a testament to the fact that if you ask, there are those who will impart. Your willingness to pay it forward is priceless.
Finally, and most importantly, to my loved ones I call family. Their unconditional love, support and belief in me has given me the fortitude to face this challenge and continue to forge ahead even when I think I cannot. Thankfully, they do not allow for pity parties, only celebrations.
During this difficult and ever-changing year, I was granted an amazing blessing, the reminder that I was (am) not alone. So in the holiday spirit I take this opportunity to acknowledge and give thanks. This is my personal note of appreciation to all of you who have stood by me, supported, fortified, motivated and continue to inspire and teach me. And in the words of Tom Cruise, You Complete Me. Thank you!
I gift you this holiday song from my friends, talented brothers, and wish you all a Happy Christmas and Merry New Year!
I invite you to share your thoughts and notes of thanks, appreciation and recognition to/of others here beside me.
Hope you return to read the next chapter in the “You’re Fired!” series which will be published soon. Special note of thanks to Jorge, the Career Jockey editor who has permitted me this venue.