Leaving on a high note
It was not surprising that the news of my resignation had spread to the whole Company in over a week. Thanks to the tsismosos and tsismosas, it found its way to every person that I've worked with for the past 3.5 years. This has proved that office rumours spread faster than bird flu.
It's really amazing that every now and then I'd get a text-message or a phone-call asking, "Is it true that you are leaving us?" To which I would respond to a humble YES, citing family, with population soon to be increased to 3, as my main reason for going back to Manila. Yes when family is put into the picture (or the resignation letter in this case), the Company has no other choice but to accept their loss.
I am very flattered by the comments that I've received such as:
"Oh man why do you have to leave? How are we going to do this/that now?"
"I'm very sad that you're leaving. You're definitely one of the best people in this project."
"You're a very good manager. This team will be lost without you."
The best so far was from my boss' boss, who commented during the monthly meeting in front of all the other managers and senior managers:
"R and S are leaving soon. These are the good guys. I hope they will reconsider and stay with us."
I am very humbled by their comments, knowing that I've done well in this Company. Leaving this place knowing that I've left at the top of my game has made me feel content. Hopefully I will be able to leave the same impression on my next challenge, wherever/whatever it may be.
I guess this was how Michael Jordan felt during his 1st retirement.