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The Balance of Nature ...

Posted Oct 04 2009 11:10pm

You know that theory that when something good happens, something bad happens too – to balance the world out? Well, normally the two things don’t happen to the same person on the same day, but they did to me today!

I was called into the New Boss’ office for ‘A Word’. Now, whenever someone says they’d like ‘a word’, I immediately feel guilty and rack my brains to think what I’ve done wrong. But I needn’t have worried. The ‘Word’ was to tell me that while the New Boss had been out visiting a number of places on Friday, my name had come up a number of times in a positive light, with people generally saying how professional and helpful and knowledgeable I am. New Boss wanted to pat me on the back and say ‘well done’.

I was chuffed! People are always nice to me, but you never can tell if they’re saying nasty things about you to other people. Good to know they felt strongly enough to tell my Boss about me.

All was well.

Then, about 5pm, my Outlook reminder popped up to tell me I should have been at a meeting at 4.30. Ahhgggghhhhh!!! I couldn’t believe I’d forgotton it. I felt absolutely terrible, because its so very unlike me. I rang and grovelled, and still feel awful about it. But, the balance was redressed.

I think – as one of my staff pointed out – that the last three weeks have been absolutely mad-stressful, and its hardly surprising one tiny thing got missed.

But I don’t care. Its the principle of the thing, and something my reputation hangs on. Must be more careful.

You know that theory that when something good happens, something bad happens too – to balance the world out? Well, normally the two things don’t happen to the same person on the same day, but they did to me today!

I was called into the New Boss’ office for ‘A Word’. Now, whenever someone says they’d like ‘a word’, I immediately feel guilty and rack my brains to think what I’ve done wrong. But I needn’t have worried. The ‘Word’ was to tell me that while the New Boss had been out visiting a number of places on Friday, my name had come up a number of times in a positive light, with people generally saying how professional and helpful and knowledgeable I am. New Boss wanted to pat me on the back and say ‘well done’.

I was chuffed! People are always nice to me, but you never can tell if they’re saying nasty things about you to other people. Good to know they felt strongly enough to tell my Boss about me.

All was well.

Then, about 5pm, my Outlook reminder popped up to tell me I should have been at a meeting at 4.30. Ahhgggghhhhh!!! I couldn’t believe I’d forgotton it. I felt absolutely terrible, because its so very unlike me. I rang and grovelled, and still feel awful about it. But, the balance was redressed.

I think – as one of my staff pointed out – that the last three weeks have been absolutely mad-stressful, and its hardly surprising one tiny thing got missed.

But I don’t care. Its the principle of the thing, and something my reputation hangs on. Must be more careful.

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