“Great, I’m still fifteen minutes early”, I glanced at my watch upon approaching the building entrance.
I have a scheduled orientation this morning. I feel bushed from yesterday’s eight-to-five seminar and I struggled on waking up early.
I am required to attend seminars that can help me integrate successfully as an immigrant.
“I’ll be meeting you at the seventh floor”, I recalled from my adviser’s instruction.
After getting my visitor’s ID tag, the front desk guard informed me that the elevator ends at the sixth floor and I need to take the stairs thereafter.
I followed what he said and found a door at the end of the hallway.
“Fire exit”, the sign read.
“I guess this leads me to the stairway”, I figured.
It led me to another door and I got surprised when I opened it: I can see the next building.
I’m in the roof deck. And by the way, I’m afraid of heights.
I remembered watching this in a Spider man movie. “Isn’t this great timing? I forgot to bring my web-fluid”, I kept myself amused.
I felt relieved after seeing a janitor pass by. He explained that I should have used the “other” route. Note to self: don’t underestimate fire exits.
There are four of us seated on a big couch. The orientation officer proceeded on giving us an overview of our career path.
The inevitable reality spilled over. The jobs we desire required assessment and licensing. And it takes time going through the process.
We are encouraged to broaden our options. She is offering us the idea of choosing a new career direction during our transition.
It isn’t hard to recognize that we are all beating our brains out after hearing her revelation. We invested time, effort and money with our current profession and,now, we are being directed to look for another career.
“Unfortunately, many skilled immigrants languished at the bottom of the work pyramid and unable to reach their fullest potential”, she emphasized. She looked at us straight in the eye and said, “It really depends on how you envision your life will become in the future.”
In his Twitter account, Mark Sanborn posted,”Complacency comes when we feel ‘acceptable’ is already good enough.”
Honestly, I share the same perspective of plainly surviving when I’m there. I’m learning that I need to re- grow once I get uprooted.
Browsing over a manual given to us, I encountered this significant statement: “Planning a career move is much like mapping your route for a road trip. If you don’t know where you are going, you can’t decide on how to get there!”
It contained recommendations that I should do promptly: gather information about the types of work that interest me, explore related possibilities especially on different career areas and develop a plan of action. I find them very helpful in my preparation.
I believe everyone had the same manual five years ago. But what kept them at the bottom of complacency?
A wise King wrote in Proverbs,” People may make plans in their minds, but the Lord decides what they will do.”(Proverbs 16:9)
The Lord determines where, when and how my life will unfold according to His purposes for me. In the past, I failed in so many ways because I pursued living life without seeking God’s guidance and asking His help. I also believe many have tried their best. They would’ve waited for the right time to come. But weariness crept in that made it difficult for them to endure. Whenever our strength fails, God promises to act on our behalf if we wait for Him.(Isaiah 64:4)
God promises,”I will strengthen you with My own great power so that you will not give up when troubles come, instead You will be patient.” (Colossians 1:11)
In life it is not enough to remain optimistic —it matters more why we choose to be one. We hope because God has good plans for us, not plans to hurt us. He will give us hope when we become weary and a good future when we trust Him (Jeremiah 29:11). We endure because when we search for Him with all our hearts, we will find Him.(Jeremiah 29:13)
On my own, my dreams are unrealistic; with God, all things are possible. I only need to lift my hands to Him.