As we round out the first week of 2016, I can’t help but look back on my 6 months since starting at Triumph. Wow, what a journey it has been. As an Employment Specialist, I have gotten to experience some incredible moments, to say the least. Some stand at the forefront of my mind, when reflecting on 2015.
One story in particular is with a young man I’m working with named Juan. As we were walking to his interview at UAB (he rocked it and they offered him the position on the spot), he stopped to tell me what a fantastic day it was and how blessed he felt for three simple reasons: he had just gotten new glasses that day and was now able to see clearly, his gratitude at being offered his first interview, and the fact that his birthday was that upcoming weekend. His outlook on life made me stop in my tracks. How often we get so caught up in the day to day stressors that we forget to take a minute to appreciate the little things.
I will always be thankful to Juan for helping me put things into perspective. Of course, as they say, “Nothing good comes easy” many of these success stories are not without struggles along the way. This year I’ve learned not only patience but also how to pick yourself up and keep moving forward. As I look back on these last 6 months, I can’t help but be hopeful for what 2016 has up its sleeve. This year I’m looking forward to coming along for the ride with the participants we serve at Triumph!