Everything happens for a reason !!

           "There is a new project requirement which requires you to travel for 6 months to Singapore. We are yet to receive the final dates for your travel and will update you soon." informed our project manager in one of our meetings to Vishu. We all knew the best bet for this travel would be Vishu. You see, he was the most hard working and senior most in our team. He would work late nights and we have never seen him telling no to anyone. At the same time we all knew that he worked crazy hard because he always wanted an onsite opportunity. So we were really excited and happy for him. 
        For the first time we noticed that excitement in Vishu. He was looking extremely happy about this. When we went to congratulate him for this opportunity, he told us that at the start of this year, he had promised his parents that he would make a visit to the Sabarimala in December to make this dream come true. Now this news was told to us in the month of December and by then Vishu had started his preparation for the Sabarimala pilgrimage. He had to fast for 41 days and not shave till the completion of pilgrimage. He wore a traditional black dress to work.
        On Monday, our manager told Vishu that the vice president wanted to have a meeting with him that day. It was a meeting through web camera where he got to see and speak with the vice president at the client side. The meeting went off for about 30 minutes where they explained him the expectations and requirements for his travel. Overall he felt that the meeting went good and he was mentally all set to travel Singapore. Later his manager asked him about the meeting and he gave the same feedback. He also told that he would be informed about his travel date soon.
       About 3 weeks went by after this conversation happened and there was no news about his travel dates. When inquired with his manager, they broke a news that the client gave a negative feedback about his appearance and felt he would not be suitable for this role. So they had cancelled his travel only for the reason because of his appearance. Vishu was totally upset about this and felt very disappointed that he was so close to fulfilling his dream and had lost a golden opportunity. When we heard about this, we were all shocked. We told him everything happens for the good and consoled him to complete the pilgrimage and try for next client opportunity.
        Once back from his pilgrimage, Vishu took all the efforts and worked extra hard to not miss the next onsite travel. His hard work and devotion payed off. In the next onsite travel, he was chosen from our team to travel to Los Angeles for 1 year. This then got further extended and he is now travelling next month to India for a holiday. We are so excited to meet him and the power of first impression always comes to our mind whenever we think of his story. 

This post is a part of #WillYouShave activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette

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