Advice from a Cube Dweller

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Take It From Me.”

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve given someone that you failed to take yourself?

Advice from a Cube Dweller

The weight of the world felt like it hung on Rachel’s shoulders. She read the email and her heart sank. It felt as if she’d just lost her mind. What have I done? She whispered to herself.

The email had come from her boss. Not her manager, a manager manages…this one bosses.

“You didn’t catch that Matt had declined the meeting invite. You are not reading my calendar replies, ….,” it went on.  The tone was menacing. How could she have missed such an easy fix? Her chest tightened with anxiety.

A tear started to well up. Really, I am trying but how am I missing such small but obvious details? She reviewed the calendar. Yes, Matt did decline the meeting, but did I not see the decline?

Her nervous fingers searched the emails looking for his reply, had she received it? So many possibilities, so much pressure and so little time to find the answer before the boss came in that morning.

She blinked quickly a few times to try and clear the tears forming in her eyes.

“Wait, wait, there it is” after a quick search of her email account, there bright as day was the forwarded message she’d sent to her boss, letting her know when the last time she met with Matt and when was their next meeting scheduled.  This was done as per the bosses instructions.

Bright as day, the previous week she had done as instructed to and there was no response. “So all I really did was not follow-up with her after she didn’t see or just ignored my email,”  Rachel thought.

Now came the tactful art of letting the boss know that she was updated on this, but somehow make it seem like it was missed due to no follow-up.  “Still my fault,” she sighed, but at least I know I didn’t completely lose it.

On her way home she called her mom, if nothing else, to be distracted from the dreadful day.

As she hung up the phone, Rachel remembered a piece of advice her mother had given her. “If a baby didn’t die, it isn’t worth crying over.” This was advice she’d given out to many a friend going through terrible, but typical life crisis’.

She took it to mean, let’s put things into perspective. If someone didn’t die, isn’t a reason to get upset.

Now what was I so upset about? An RSVP to a 30 minute meeting that hadn’t even happened yet?  And the day, while still emotional, seemed to be so less important in the big scheme of things.

Rachel wondered, “Now, had anyone ever given this advice to her boss?”

Nah, probably not, but that is something she is going to have to figure out herself.


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