When it all pays off

Just a quick note before I head out to work… I had dinner last night with some colleagues whom I’ve been working closely with for several years now. They are not located at my office, but we talk on the phone frequently and we see each other in person once or twice a year.

This is the part of my job that I love — meeting new people from everywhere, learning about their lives, and helping them do a better job. On the surface, I am employed in a technology field, but the real place that I do my best work is really with people.

And I have to say that the difficulties I experience on a daily basis actually make me better at dealing with lots of different kinds of people. I know I have to work a little harder for myself, so I go that extra mile for others as well, and I don’t just take a lot of things for granted, when I work with them. I give them room to mess up and make things right, and I try my best to be there to help them when they need it.

We all need help, every now and then. That is for sure. And to be able to offer others help without making them feel stupid or foolish, really helps us all to get the job done.

Last night, I saw again what a big difference this makes with people. We had a great dinner, we laughed and laughed and had a wonderful time. I will be sorry to see these folks go back to their offices, but it’s been great seeing them in person.

So yeah – all the work, all the struggle, all the effort… it’s really paying off. And for that I am most grateful.

Now, off to work…

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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