Saturday, February 18, 2012
Re-Entry to Work!
I've always had a special affinity towards the butterfly (Mariposa), but this week proved that even more for me. After being home for nearly 6 weeks recovering from surgeries and some emotional adjustment, I returned to work by attending a two day training hosted by the agency I work with - The Mariposas Project.
To say re-entry went more smoothly than I had ever imagined would be an understatement. I was welcomed with open arms, a roomful of love, support and a sea of smiling, welcoming faces thanks to my new work family (AKA, the 'Mariposas Family')! I was lifted to a new level of recovery and suddenly the pain subsided, if only for minutes at a time, but diminished nonetheless. A sense of calm washed over me like a beautiful waterfall thanks to my Mariposa's 'posse.' And by posse, I mean a group of nearly 40 remarkable and giving women; from administrators to speech therapists, developmental specialists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and of course, my boss (AKA, 'Saint Silvia of Argentina').
My superior ('SS' - Saint Silvia) cringes when I call her that because she is such a humbling, unassuming and unpretentious individual. Authentic as they come. And because this is the 'House that Silvia Built' - she literally hand-picked and attracted THE most amazing group of selfless and talented therapists that I have ever met in my 25 years of working.
So, to my 'Mariposas Family' - I say a gracious thank you for rallying around me these past couple of months and for being the cornerstone of the best work environment I have ever experienced. And to Silvia, whom I can't seem to thank enough, I can only simply say, gracias mi amiga!