Friday, February 15, 2008

Another thankful day!

Thank God for seeing my through my first one week back at work!

This morning I felt very tired on my way to work as it is my first week at work and I am still adjusting to the timings and travellings. I need to travel 1.5 hours to work and 1.5 hours back, work for 6 hours and lunch break is 1 hour. So in total I was out of the house for 10 hours daily over the last few days.

I am thankful to God for His mercies and faithfulness. Today is also a quiet day for 2 of my colleagues and me. We split the work among the 3 of us. Somehow, by the mercies of God, I was asked to do the easier assignment which another colleagues who is not around used to do so. So I was once again spared from mentally exhausting assignment and able to work through today doing less stressful or demanding mental work!

Today, there were lesser people in my office. My office is doing research work and the staff works on flexible hours. Sometimes they work from home, sometimes on the field and sometimes they attend meeting. Today, being Friday, is exceptionally quiet as most of the staff were not around. Besides being able to concentrate better on my work, I was also able to get to know my 2 other colleagues better as they were more chatty when the place is quieter.

It turned out that they both studied psychology and I was able to relate to them some of my experiences of working for 3 child psychologists who works with special needs children such as those with autism, dyslexia, speech delay, etc etc. They also talked a little about their own experiences in their studies and contact with patients with mental health conditions. I didn't reveal to them that I suffer from mood disorder but I was glad that they were very sympathetic and concerned for people with mental health conditions. I supposed that's why they study psychology :-) One of them hasn't decided what he wants to do, whether eventually to become a clinical psychologist or something else. He is also a part-timer for this project, just like me. The other colleague who studied psychology is a full-time staff in this department. I forgot to ask her why she is working here instead of a health-care environment.

I am glad to be able to get to know my colleagues and work well with them. They are very friendly and helpful. Though I am obviously much older than them, they didn't seem to mind the age gap or generation gap. So today was an enjoyable day for me though I was tired as I was able to enjoy some conversations with them, every now and then, throughout our work. As I am getting more used to the codings now, it is also less stressful. I am also learning to commit all things to God and to look to Him for wisdom, grace and strength to just do my best and not push myself too hard or set unrealistic expectations. Still learning :-)

How I look forward to some rest tomorrow! And yes, to spend more time with my mother. Oops, I think I neglected her recently after I started work. Tomorrow, I must spend more time with her and try to schedule time with her for next week too. My mother has been very supportive. Ever since I returned to work on Monday, she made it a point to make my breakfast every morning. She enjoys doing so :-) and I know she cares. Thank God for a caring mother. I must not neglect her.

I am learning to use a Diary to plan for each day and to mark out important appointments, as a way to handle stress. Thank God that this week, I managed to keep my various appointments and meet the deadlines of some volunteer work for my church too. Thank and praise God! Trust that He will continue to give me strength and grace to seek and serve Him next week too.

Thanks too for your visit to my blog to know my progress and for your prayers (if any). Hope you have a good weekend :-)

"Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: ...." Psalm 143:8, 10a

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