My Endless Sense of Gratitude
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Melody Beattie, Author / Journalist
I couldn’t imagine how grateful I am to fly and come to Japan. Words could not describe how great it is to be here together with my colleagues and to continue working as an English teacher. Simply being here is enough for me to pour out my sense of gratitude.
When I arrived here, I was in awe. I was full of delight to see such an amazing place. There are many things I’d like to talk about, for instance, the busy Shibuya crossing area where a crowd of people intertwines every day and the faithful and famous dog Hachiko statue which is adjacent nearby to mention a few.
However, I would like to start my series of blogs with this appreciation which I owe to so many important people who became part of this whole journey. For without them, I would not be here in the first place.
First and foremost, to the Almighty God who upheld the tempest wind of the sky and propelled the sea, for the great things He has done, to God be the Glory.
My deepest appreciation to the big three, the CEO, COO, and the CFO of MBA Cebu and Start-Up English Japan. I am forever grateful to be part of this prestigious English Academy. The school that does not only provide the teachers’ professional growth that enhances their skills and ability but also gives a brighter future by working abroad. To the management and staff, especially to our General Manager, thank you for reminding us of our excellent professionalism as teachers. To our Academic Manager, I appreciate your guidance and help to be the best of what we do. To our Quality Supervisors who check our work and daily activities, muchas gracias. My acknowledgment also goes to the Japanese staff who have helped us in many ways, どうもありがとうございました(Dōmo arigatōgozaimashita). To my Team C members who were very supportive from the beginning, (daghan kaayong salamat thank you very much ). To all my colleagues whom I am working with every day, life is dull without you guys. This sense of gratitude goes out to all of you.
To my family who is always there to support me financially and emotionally, my inner source of happiness and fulfillment. They are the people who always lift my spirit up and see my great potential. Thank you for your unconditional love and care. I am forever indebted to you.
To all my friends who went to churches, sent prayers and wishes so that I could have a safe flight and have a wonderful experience, for the fond memories that we have created while working and living life each moment at a time, words can not express how much I appreciate our time together. Some may not be here in the pictures but you know who you are.
I’m grateful to all of my previous and existing students for inspiring me to be the best teacher I could ever be and for making me the best version of myself. I highly regard your dedication to study with me.
This is just my third week here in Japan and I’m sure I will encounter lots of experiences related to my job and other things. I know that this is just the beginning of my journey. The end is still undecided, yet the goal is clear that is to teach English to Japanese and to all who need it the most. I will fulfill what I have decided for myself a long time ago. I will have spent a decade of teaching English and it will continue to inspire me as years go by.
Imminent challenges may unfold from this journey and through divine providence, I will surmount all. Whatever happens, through its sham and fortuitous circumstance merged with charm and determination to succeed, I am endlessly grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity. On this note, I leave a sense of gratitude to all of you who in one way or the other form part of this wonderful journey in Japan. For now, allow me to say a big thank you from the deepest bottom of my heart.