31st December 2007 was a day to remember for me, for sure. Besides the end of the year 2007, it signified the end of something else too for me. And the end of something signifies the beginning of some other thing.
Ok, I won’t make it confusing any more. Yesterday was the end of my journey with my wonderful team mates. Yesterday was my last day at work in this organisation. I will soon be joining another firm. A new beginning in my career, which will bring about many changes in my personal life as well. I got this great opportunity some time back and grabbed it with both hands. I am hoping and praying for this to be a milestone in my life.
The book ‘Wings of fire’ was gifted to me earlier for this very occasion. That is what I was ranting about here.
This post is a hopeless effort to rope into words the feelings that I had yesterday. ‘Thank you’ would probably not be sufficient to express my gratitude for all the love and warmth shown by my team mates and for the wonderful farewell that they gave me. I was and still am touched beyond words. Any amount of words would not be enough to describe the beauty of it all. But I will try.
The day began like any other ordinary day, with an hour-long meeting with our Executive Director being the only change. The fun began only after lunch hour. As part of a conspiracy that I was not aware of, I was taken out of office immediately after lunch by 2 conspirator colleageues on the pretext of using the spare time we had for a brisk walk. When we returned, what I saw before me left me stunned. My entire work space was covered with post-it notes, with scribblings on them. There were atleast 50 notes, containing comments on every little nuance of mine, from my speaking style, my expressions and dress and hairdo to my habit of carrying books and blogging. A note with ‘We will miss Uniquely Priya’ scribbled over it was stuck prominently in the middle of my computer screen.
Brilliant idea! 🙂 A moving gesture!
I thought the excitement had ended, but it hadn’t just then. Some time later, there was an informal ‘farewell ceremony’ from the entire team, with a little speech from each. Me received a cute pen holder as a parting gift. Another beautiful gesture was a card with personalised messages written by each member. Frankly speaking, it took me a lot of effort not to break into tears there and then. I really felt blessed, loved, cared for and protected.
Amidst hugs and handshakes, I stepped out of office yesterday. My 9-month sojourn ended, but I know a bond has been forged, a long-lasting, strong one. The last year saw many changes in my life, my relationship with this organisation and my team being one of the most memorable ones. Yes, there were both positives and negatives, but the beautiful memories far exceed the ugly ones. And that is what I will hold on to.
These beautiful memories shall be cherished forever, just as the notes and other paraphernelia would be safely preserved. I will miss these people. I will miss the nonsensical mails and IMs we used to send to each other, the laughs we shared, each and every moment. In fact, I am already missing them, but they will always be close to my heart.
Dear colleagues, especially N Sir and the team,
Thank you, people, for everything. It was lovely working with all of you. You people mean a lot to me. Keep in touch and keep reading and commenting, as you have always done. I know your goodwill is always with me.