Friday, 21 December 2012

The Aftermath

In light of the half glass full approach, I thought I'd share something.

Remember I went for Umrah 2 years ago for 6 weeks? The old folks I was looking after? I'm not sure what exactly happened but I had some shoulder pain whilst I was there. Upon returning, I got back in to serious competitive sports. Cleaning and pressing over 110KG at a light bodyweight, it reopened an injury. I stopped serious shoulder training and I visited the doctors. I was fobbed off several times. I got an x-ray some months back and it turns out I cracked my ACJ and I was showing signs of Acromioclavicular Joint Arthritis.

I spoke with the consultant it sounded a lot scarier than I thought it was. The way she put it across was that it's degenerative, so it could get worse if I don't opt for surgery.

I returned to work after my father's death  and after about 5 weeks in Mid- October, I opted for surgery. The surgery involved in excision (shaving) of the cracked bone. It ended up being a lot more painful than I imagined. I was bed bound for 2 weeks and forced off work/life for 5 weeks.

I returned to work on Monday a few weeks back. On Wednesday, I was informed that I would have the good 'ol return to work procedure. Before being called in, whilst  walking to the glass board room, I noticed the MD was sitting in. Odd.

The MD is also a full time politician for Labour, he has a nack with putting things across, as politicians do. Urgh.

I walked in and took a seat. "Right, there's no easy way to say this any other way but I'll just say it.. You will no longer be working with us." There was a part in of me waiting for him to say "ta-dahhh" I'm strange like that.

 There was nothing to suggest anything like that would happen. I have a quality track record. No redundancy, nada, nothing, finito.

"Do you have any questions?" he asked. I responded with "nope".

"I can't even begin to imagine what you've been through recently but I can assure you that you will have excellent references. You're very talented and you will do very well" He said.

My supervisor stepped in "do you need some time to let things sink in?" "I'm fine, when do I finish?" I asked. We talked and I agreed to finish on Friday. "How would you like to inform everyone?" The MD asked. "Call them here." I said.

He explained to everyone that things weren't going great and they were downsizing but because of my developments they would want me in as soon as their financial situation changed as the company needed to focus on other things. No one had anything to say other than looks of sorrow.

I don't think he was honest with me.

But half glass full. Na'am? 


  1. 3 new posts :)

    Pushing negativity to one side (note to self too)....i say Yes

    I ask Allah SWT to make things easy for you. Ameen. He is/has been testing you, so hang in there.

    1. Ameen and Jazakallah Khair for taking your time to comment.

  2. Allah (swt) must really love you, considering the tests your having.

    May you pass em all with ease inshallah!


  3. Allah swt takes things away because new blessings are about to come.

    Go and do it. Become the person you're supposed to be and don't let anything or anyone hold you back. There's a purpose to your life.

    1. You have no idea how much I've been thinking about this on and off for 3 years now.

  4. Brother - I salute you for being so strong through all these tests. Like anonymous says, Allah must really love you.

    All the best. I'm hoping there'll be a nikah to follow soon :)

  5. I can only pray that's the case and it's wonderful to have you around here brother dreamlife!

  6. subhaAllah, good to see you alive and kicking bro! Like everyone said, Allah swt has better plans for you. One day, you will look at all this and smile inshaAllah. and realize the wisdom behind Allah swt's great planning, iA. Personally, I have thousands of examples in my life where I think, "it can't get any worse..then it SURE DOES!" When I look back at those times, I remember to say my Shukrs because only Allah swt knew what was best for me than and always. #remember the story of Khidr #SurahKahf/Chapter18 :)