Tree & Work

On Sunday, I noticed this tree as I walked to our car to drop something off. There was something about it that caught my attention: its dryness, its fragile looking twigs, its funny shape, and its beauty. I noticed how much it stood out amidst the concrete structures around it and in contrast to the other green plants.

Dryness Brightness

Brown and green, dryness and fruitfulness … perspective ….

I thought about how this tree had flourished before the cold weather and how it’ll flourish again after this season … how it stands tall in itself despite standing out, in some way, like a sore thumb. I thought of its patient wait for its leaves to adorn it again, and its perseverance in such exposure to the elements.

When I got home and looked at the pictures I had taken, I was struck by the difference in their colour and mood; even though they are of the same object, taken within seconds apart. The quality of my camera and my photographic skills probably accounts for this; even then, it got me thinking about the importance of my perspective as I return to work.

I’ve greatly flourished whilst on maternity leave, in ways I could never have imagined. However, I’m feeling like I’m drying up as this comes to an end today (Friday 12 Dec). I’m not confident about what I have to give at work from Monday, but I have to go in with my chin up, my head high, and shoulders square. I have to hope that it’ll be well … that I’ll yet flourish again in my job as I used to, albeit within the context of my new life as a mum. I must find a way to maintain a positive perspective. Afterall, I live in a country that allows me to take up to 52 weeks leave with most of it paid and my husband to share in it … my husband took 2 weeks paid paternity leave … I’ve been able to do 9 paid Keep In Touch days during my leave and the money has been very helpful … I am going back to a good job and lovely colleagues as a breastfeeding mother … I truly have a lot to be thankful for. So I hope, that like this tree with future leaves, I’ll find my place again at work after such a long break.

How did you feel about returning to work after maternity leave?

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6 thoughts on “Tree & Work

    • Thanks … ‘to go back or not to go back’ is a huge question. Unfortunately, many go back when they’ll prefer to stay at home longer. I’m pleased for you that you’ve been able to stay at home and work from home. All the best with problogging, perhaps I’ll become one some day (would love to). I also my return to work goes well.

    • Hello Claire!, thanks for dropping by and sharing your return to work experience. It’s important to find what works for us as mums, isn’t it; otherwise, our families will suffer for it. There’s definitely something satisfying about paid work, though I wouldn’t mind being a stay mum too.

  1. I’m so pleased to have discovered your blog and found this post really inspiring as I’ll be on mat leave again soon myself. I love your positive attitude 🙂 I was really looking forward to going back to work after my first mat leave, I hope I feel the same after this second one! Mim 🙂 #WeekendBlogHop

    • Hello Mim, thanks for dropping by my blog and for your lovely comment. I was really chuffed to read that you found this post inspiring. I’ve struggled with coming to terms with returning to work and I just really hope it goes well. Sometimes, you’ve just got to grab the bull by its horns and face the unknown with a lot of hope and prayer that things will work out. It might be a bit difficult at first going back a second time, but I’m sure you’ll find your feet like you did the first time. All the best with it.

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