|Late afternoons in Lorraine, France|
A very good friend of mine, VI, came over last night. SO and I planned a girl's night (MR was working) at home in front of the television watching The Voice France. On Friday evening, I went out with my niece and watched the French movie, Un Homme Idéal, so I just wanted to relax at home and spend time with my family. Sensing that VI needed to see me, I invited her over if she wanted to.
Turns out, she really did have something to say to me in person. Work has been going great for me lately. A little too good, in fact, and I've felt my family time and my me time being compromised at times. It's a difficult situation because I enjoy immensely my work and let's face it - we need the money to live, but I've had less time for myself and my family. I do feel guilty at times especially when I have to drop my daughter at the nounou early morning. But I tell myself, all this I do, to provide a future for her.
Anyways, going back to VI and what she wanted to tell me.... A couple of days ago, a colleague of hers intercepted her as she was going home. He insisted that she lets me know of how grateful he was of the work we did together (he was my trainee a couple of months ago). And that he was finally able to get his dream job thanks to me. Not only did I help him in the technical aspect, but also in regards to his confidence and opening up to people. He mentioned that this wouldn't have happened if I hadn't worked with him and he felt that I brought him a lot. I was speechless and had tears in my eyes. Just wow.
I can imagine how happy my trainee is to have his dreams come true. But I don't think he knows just how happy his message made me feel. I've always felt appreciated by my trainees, but this time was different. His words touched me straight to the heart and I felt proud of myself. My work and what I do has sense.
So this post isn't food-related, but I wanted to put it down in words. Have something to remind me of this feeling right here. This is the first time I felt this way in my career and I sure hope it won't be the last.