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Prompt: Write about making a simple but difficult choice.

2015 was a difficult year for me professionally.
I am extremely fortunate to be in a position where I don’t have to work to earn a salary big enough to support a family. I am unmarried, and still live with my parents, and while we are not wealthy, by the grace and mercy of the Almighty, we have more than enough.

The only expectation that I have as regards my professional life is a pleasant, productive work atmosphere and respect from my colleagues. Unfortunately, due to a number of reasons, that is not always the case for me, and for most of last year, I worked with every intention of tendering my resignation at the end of the academic year. Aside from my day job as a school secretary, I got into copy-editing last year. I’ve been working closely with one of our tertiary institutions and spent most of my free time cementing my professional standing with them. It has turned out to be quite a lucrative opportunity, and after working with children for so long, it was quite refreshing to work with adult students and with people who treated me with the utmost respect. It supported my decision to leave.

But things have a way of turning out completely different to our expectations, and the Almighty has a way of giving us perspective (especially when we need it most) and reminding us of our intentions.
I felt so completely useless…and then I started to see the effects of my little efforts. And I started to remember why I chose to work here in the first place.

And here I still am, trying to fight the good fight, and holding on to my hope and purpose. If I can positively affect the life of at least one child, I’d consider that a good enough reason to opt in.

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