I have just reached that milestone of 150 posts, and I was going celebrate by saying a huge thank you to the bloggers I have met, who have commented and encouraged, and helped me with exploring and expanding my thoughts, and be happy and upbeat.
However, as some may know, one of my colleagues from work was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I say colleague, but she
is was also a friend.
Blessie “disappeared” after work on Saturday evening, within the short distance of about 600 metres between a bus stop and her home. Her body was discovered this morning (Tuesday).
Not only has this had a devastating effect on her immediate family, her extended family at work has been devastated as well. And I say family, because our sales team of 40 or so is a very close knit little unit – and this also extends throughout the whole company. Yesterday, Monday, was unsettling, but we still had hope. Today, our worst fears were confirmed. It has been a hard day
working at the office, but as family we have been there for one another. And the company has been supportive of us, and Blessie’s family.
Our phones were switched to the overflow mode (diverted to other departments), and sales targets went out the window, and we have been encouraged to be there for one another, and we have all been supported through this as we need – with counsellors, with talking to each other, with taking sales calls when we feel ready, being able to be ignore calls if needed, and with being able to support one another – and it is needed.
Blessie is only a couple of years older than me, and at 56 her life has been cut tragically short, and her family has been ripped asunder. At work, she was always ready with a smile and a joke, and a hug where needed. She was open and friendly, and would willingly help out where needed. She was only 2 desks away from me.
Blessie, thank you for your smiles each and every work day. You truly helped me to live, laugh and love every day, too. You truly were an angel on earth, I think that you are now an angel with God.
In the greater context of life – particularly with recent events in California – Blessie’s passing isn’t world shattering, but it has shattered our little corner of the world. Suzie’s post came at an appropriate time. (Please read it if you haven’t already)
If you have read this, I thank you as I am really writing this for myself, to help me come to terms with the situation and grieve. If you are interested about learning a little more about this event, here is a short newspaper article.
May your God(s) bless you and keep you safe.
Live, laugh, and most of all LOVE!