Here I am one year later. I had thought that completing the MBA was my ticket to an immediate change in employment. I had thought that I would immediately be more respected. I had thought I would finally get noticed for all those things I can do.
See, here is the fault. I thought but I did nothing differently. I thought and so nothing happened.
Think or do. Which of these things gets us further on our paths to content and calm? I contend neither will get us there alone. It is the combination of thought and action that move us.
So here I am one year later. I don’t have a different job. Fault? That is squarely on me. I have not taken the steps needed and I know it.
Do I have more respect? Up until recently I would say no. Recently I have gotten more respect which I believe is a direct result of my own actions. Acting in a way that demands respect and shows me as respect worthy was the key.
Do I get noticed for my work and abilities? That too is starting to change because I have acted in such a way to showcase my abilities. Humility is good but never accepting praise or credit is a roadblock we should never create. Lesson learned I hope.
One year later and I am starting to see how my thoughts and actions working together can bring some contentment.
After all, thinking about what could be or what has not happened breeds discontent and a feeling of powerlessness. And that, the discontent, is so far from the calm I seek.