Thought Into Action
We live in a country where we are given the privilege to have as many options as possible. We can have our meals be small, medium or large. We can fly in first class, business or coach and yet with all these choices readily at our fingertips; we can find ourselves still struggling to make a choice. Are all these options that we have access to helping us or can we put our thoughts into action?
I took a few weeks off from writing because I was at a point in my life where I had too many thoughts and I needed to put them into action. I had only shared with a few people that I had taken an interview at another agency because I wasn’t sure if I was ready to leave my current job. The other agency reached out to me and I took it as a sign from the universe that maybe it was time for me to leave but at the same time, I’m actually content with where I’m at. I had my first interview two weeks ago and as soon as I left the interview; they called and asked me for a second interview. When I went in for the second interview and was walking through the office, I realized that I knew several people there. It was comforting to know that if I took a new job that I wouldn’t be the new kid in town. After the second interview, the next morning I woke up to see an email from the other agency offering me the job, which of course, also meant that I would be making more money.
When I went to work that morning, I decided that I needed to take the advice of a friend of mine that I told about what was going on with my job. He told me about happiness and that if I am happy where I’m at that, the money where I would go to next wouldn’t make a difference. I knew he was right; I was never a money chaser and always believed that being happy where I’m at was far better than being rich. I decided not to tell anyone at my office because I still wasn’t sure what my actions would be and there was no sense in getting everyone excited. After work that day, I decided to tell Mr. D. about what was going on because he had just gone through this same experience with our agency a few months ago when he was debating on whether or not to leave. As soon as I sent the text, two minutes later he was calling me. He told me about his strategy and how he handled the counter offer with the other agency and how our current agency handles this type of situation. The conversation put me at ease for I now knew I had a game plan for the next morning with my boss. My thoughts were starting to come into action.
The next morning I told my boss of the news of another agency wanting me to work for them. I was impressed with how quickly he asked me if I could give him a few days to figure something out that would keep me from not leaving. My original thought was that he was going to tell me, “best of luck,” but instead he was determined to make sure that I wasn’t going to leave. For the next couple of days I was a nervous wreck with whether or not I was going to be staying, if I was making the right choice and if I was playing the game properly. By the time Friday had rolled around, my nerves were shot and my current office still hadn’t made an official offer for me to stay. I played a huge risk and listened to my gut instinct. I told the other agency that I was declining their offer and was putting all of my faith in my current job that they were going to make me an offer I couldn’t refuse. When the work day ended that Friday, my boss told me that unfortunately, they still hadn’t been able to make me the offer but that it’s still being worked on. He thanked me for being patient and said that he understands how frustrating this is but given how fast things were happening that he hoped to have a decision for me by that following Monday. So there I was…I declined the other agency that was offering me more money and I was left with a “maybe” about my current job. Mr. D. asked me to meet him after work for like an hour to catch-up so that I can give him a rundown of everything that was happening with my job. It was nice that he was so involved and had a genuine concern about my situation and he told me with confidence that I would get exactly what I was asking for and not to worry.
The next day, was the Saturday before Easter and I was rather excited because I was going to see one of my best friends whom is very pregnant and having her baby shower that afternoon in New Jersey. I was getting a ride from some friends of mine that just had a baby and that live in Brooklyn. I was in charge of the directions and they were in charge of driving. As we got in the car and I gave them the address of the baby shower the little GPS thing said that it was going to take us two hours to get to New Jersey. In my mind, I thought New Jersey was just across the river and we would be there in thirty minutes. Turns out, this town is actually only ten minutes away from downtown Philadelphia!!! There was nothing we could do except drive and apologize for our tardiness.
The baby shower was beautiful despite us arriving almost two hours after it started. It was a wonderful thing to see my friend in such a state of happiness and she was grateful that we all made it out there to celebrate the arrival of the baby.
When I arrived to work last Monday, I was once again, greeted with the waiting game. All day long my boss was telling me that upper management was in meetings about me, my work, etc. all to determine whether or not things would work out in my favor. Mr. D. continued to tell me to calm down and that it would all work out. I wasn’t sure if I could take his words to heart because all I could think about was that this was a huge mistake and I missed out on an opportunity. Finally at exactly 4:54 p.m. my boss pulled me aside and said that they are going to match what the other agency offered me and they also gave me a two hundred dollar expense to take myself out to dinner to celebrate me staying with the agency. When I got back to my desk there was an email from the CEO of the agency congratulating me and thanking me for being so patient as they figured out how they were going to keep me and all the hard work that I do. It was at that moment that not only did I feel relieved but that I knew how powerful the concept of putting thought into action can be.
On Tuesday, I woke up and checked my email and to my delight, the manuscript for my book that I’ve been working on for over two years had finally been selected to have an editor to review. Ever since the beginning of this year, all I could think about was whether or not this book would ever get published or if it was worth anyone ever reading. I also thought that this editor would take awhile for her to read. Three days later, she provided me with my edited manuscript and said that this book is really a good read. Now, I just need to find a publisher and we will be off and running.
This past weekend, was spent with my friends that I’ve known for many years. I was grateful to see all of them, to have dinner with them and to have those times where you know exactly how grateful you are to have the many wonderful things that can happen to a person and yes, for those wondering, Mr. D. and I communicated all weekend long.
Naturally, when things go well in our lives, we love our lives, we give thanks to the universe and all those that support us and when things are not so great in our lives…we blame the world. What it really boils down to is that when we put our thoughts into action, from career to even love, the possibilities are endless. Here is hoping that everyone out there this week puts their own thoughts into action and that beautiful things come their way.
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