Still Alive

Despite the lack of activity, from me, on my blog this month I am still alive. I’ve just been busy and distracted by a lot of things lately to focus on my blog.

My blog has, however, been busy with regard to incoming traffic and I appreciate all the visitors keeping it alive by reading my various posts, commenting and rating.

In between working hard, a death in the family, there’s also been a big change that’s been brewing.

A little over a year ago I was rambling on (one of my first few posts) about meeting the new company I would be joining. A lot has happened in that year, including an unfortunate retrenchment and the start of a new chapter in my career.

I’ve enjoyed my 5 months at the new company now but I’m the type of person that needs to focus on his strengths as I know with those I can add the most value. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve not just sat idly by the last 5 months – I’ve been busy – and I’ve learnt new things (yes, this old dog is never too old to learn new things) and I’ve shared my knowledge with others too, at the very least I hope that’s been the case.

Now I’m one that believes it’s never a good idea to go back to a company you’ve left since there’s usually a very compelling reason that made you leave that company. However, this is one case where it’s a little different. I didn’t leave the company but was forced into retrenchment due to the financial status of the company as well as the recession the world was facing. I didn’t hold it against them as they really had their hand forced and I enjoyed working there, the type of work I was doing and also just as importantly, all the people.

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by them and we’ve had discussions about the business and the future and my possible inclusion in their future. I’ve had the time to mull things over and have had to make yet another decision which not only affects my career but my family too. And I think in both cases, for the better.

I’ve decided to join them again, even though they’re operating under a new name, they’re still the same friendly people. So much so that I got the opportunity to join them yesterday for a team-building session. We all had the opportunity, after a scrumptious lamb-0n-the-spit lunch, to try our hand at lawn bowls. Let me be the first to say, lawn bowls is not as easy as you may think. There’s a definite skill involved and it definitely takes a while to get used rolling those balls. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the atmosphere and occasion – I’d definitely like to try that again some time with some friends.

So yet another change, but looking forward to being part of the old gang again.