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That is what my Law professor told me. "Phil" she said, "you are a smart, articulate and sometimes a too charming young man. What ever life path you chose to follow, continue to be the person you are." I lost that feeling.
This morning I woke up and wrote some motivational crap on my mirror and went out there with a smile on my face and bright music on my i-pod. I smiled at the man in the paper shop. I smiled at the single Mum with 8000000000 children (she only has four or five and was an school friend of mine). I smiled at the dustbin man who was whistling (I thought that only happened in old movies), the shop workers, the homeless lady drinking her Cherryade (every morning she is on a bench eating packet of biscuits and drinking her pop). I did a lot of smiling and got a lot back.
Opened my in box - 150 + messages. I smiled. Supplier from Israel phoned and screamed down the phone. I took a deep breath smiled and said "don't worry, you can't help politics. Just do your best." Look at my product profiles, realise I am going to sell out of one of my lead lines in a few weeks. Not a problem, just make a call. Meeting with the guy who interviewed me for a promotion and rejected me, just another chance to prove to him I am all I say I am and more - his problem not mine.
For once I left the office feeling positive. I am an individual, not an integral part of the international supply chain for one of the largest high street retailers in the UK. R