I had a strange conversation last week with two of my superiors regarding raises for a few of our colleagues. I say strange because our workplace is in a transitional phase at present, and while I’m not part of management, right now I’m the one who has to guide management regarding financial decisions. Strange also because at towards the end, I was humorously asked by one of them what kind of raise I wanted 😂
I have never complained about my salary…because I believe that no matter what, you will only get what was predestined for you. But also because what I’ve gained from my work and workplace has been so much more valuable than money.
This job came at a time where I was completely unsure of where I was going in life. It gave me a purpose and more importantly, it gave me a space to flex my skills and develop my work ethic. As crazy as it gets, as mad as my work makes me sometimes, it saved me in a way I didn’t know I needed. I’ve learnt. I’ve taught. I’ve fought, and made friends. I’ve had to learn some painful lessons…but I’ve also had astronomical wins.
When I took this job, it wasn’t for the money (anyone who works in education might say the same thing). However there has been so much blessing in my earnings that not once in the eleven years I have been working here have I exhausted my paycheck.
I came across this quote today…
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous.
Will I say no to a raise? Of course not. I’m not Jesus.
But I am so grateful that I have a job. And being able to work, to earn a living no matter how small….for me, that will always be more than enough.