January 06

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The gift I got for Christmas

The challenge my mentor gave me when stepping into this wonderful adventure was to explore my thoughts and feelings openly, and use the blog to help open up emotionally, as I can be a little guarded. As the 6 months time has passed I have realised how much I have enjoyed doing this, much more than I thought I would.

So it is on reflecting on these blogs, that I realise I can be a little verbose in my meandering through my thoughts. However for this one, I found the thought powerful and succinct.

I got given the greatest Christmas gift ever. Perspective.

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of my friends and work team, I had the absolute privilege of getting to deliver over 140 Christmas presents of baseball hats, courtesy of New Era donations, and over 36 KG of stationary thanks to my wonderful team at home coordinating donations from GSK.

Pulling on some help from the great friends I have made here in Lusaka, we had an Elf workshop wrapping party to put the final touch on the Christmas presents. As we had experts from supply chain and analysts, there were wrapping templates, constant process improvement from feedback and of course competition about who wrapped the quickest or the fastest or the flattest.

What happened next was getting to take the presents to the Cheshire Homes Orphanage, Kasisi Orphanage and Twatacha Community School to deliver the gifts.

To watch these kids be just so overwhelmed and delighted at receiving a wrapped present was so humbling. What hit home hard was realising that the kids needed to be shown they had to open a present to get the actual gift. So rare was it that they had experienced this.

Like I said perspective, and also one of the greatest experiences of my life.

Pictures say a thousand words, so here is where I believe the succinctness comes in to play. Do yourself a favour and click on the video.

A massive thank you to everyone who helped pull this off, as I said I was just the lucky one who got to be at the end of line to deliver the joy that really was the result of everybody’s hard work.

PULSE LESSON #7: It’s not what you get, it’s what you give.