A few weeks ago I presented a sabbatical proposal to my boss that was well received. I didn’t think it would take much to convince her though because she’s cool like that and is a world traveler herself. In fact she and her family are spending 3 weeks in France this summer. So I knew she wouldn’t be the hard sell; it was going to be HR.
Well yesterday my boss met with HR, presented my proposal and got the full scoop on company policy. Afterward we sat down to talk things over. The bottom line is that the company will not authorize a yearlong leave of absence or sabbatical. The most any employee has ever been authorized for is 4 months of leave. Corporate policy clearly states a max of 3 months leave but the HR director thought we could milk 4 months out of it.
Our options are:
- Take the 4 months and come back to the job
- Quit and move overseas and make epic things happen
So, obviously that was a bit disappointing but not totally unexpected. So while the 1 year sabbatical has been squashed by corporate, the dream of traveling and living in Indonesia lives on and the adventure continues. We’re still doing this thing regardless!
“Defeat may test you; it need not stop you. If at first you don’t succeed, try another way. For every obstacle there is a solution. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. The greatest mistake is giving up.”
Sure it would be better if we had a failsafe and security of a job waiting for us back home but the truth is this adventure has too much momentum behind it, too much passion invested, too much sacrifice and dedication to give up on it so easily.
I also realize that just because I have a job now doesn’t mean it’s secure. I’ve had jobs before that I thought were secure and then the company folded up around me. It happens. I now know that I shouldn’t count on someone else to make my success and provide my security. I have to go out there and create it myself. In this day and age the bottom line of any company is not the employees.
In some ways this turn of events is a good thing. I’ve found throughout my life that when I have the things I need all tied up in a nice tidy little package I am less motivated to do things for myself. By not having the security of a guaranteed job to come back too it falls on my shoulders to make things happen financially so that we can survive. It’s no longer a situation of “I’ll give this thing a try and see if it works.” It’s now a situation of “I need to make this work.”
“Lots of people limit their possibilities by giving up easily. Never tell yourself this is too much for me. It’s no use. I can’t go on. If you do you’re licked, and by your own thinking too. Keep believing and keep on keeping on.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
What I am trying to say is that when we have to do something we find ways of doing it. There are opportunities all around us. We just need to open our eyes to see them in creative ways. We need to keep on keeping on.
So with that in mind our journey continues. Next steps are firming up a departure date and purchasing some tickets.
“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent” ~ Marilyn vos Savant
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