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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

It All Works Out

One of the things I'm known for saying around the office is "It'll all work out." I have to say it. I have to believe it. If I didn't, I'd get stuck fighting fights that don't really need to be fought because if I just leave it alone, the odds are, it'll all work out anyway. This has served me well over the years.

Today I had to BELIEVE it. And it did. It all worked out. I overcame printer failures, running out of paper, teaching a class I wasn't planning to teach from materials that weren't finished until 8 p.m. last night by someone other than me, so I only had today to get familiar with them (and printed!) between my presentations from 8:30 - 10 and the time the class started at 1 p.m. I overcame the aside from the T.A. who usually checks folks in and distributes materials where he said he couldn't be there at 11 and didn't have a backup. Meanwhile, my 1 p.m. class was being video taped by a presentation coach because my boss doesn't like the word "crap."

The lowest point of my day was when I went to my manager, totally desperate for someone to T.A. the class since I couldn't realistically check folks in, keep the class on a strict time schedule to not run into the 2 p.m. class, and be video taped to demonstrate my performance. I led with, "I'm having a really bad day..." and he cut in with, "I'm having a really bad month!" And I just stopped. And I avoided turning on heel and just saying nevermind. And I didn't cry. I took a deep breath and started to explain what I needed, whereupon the T.A. came back by and said, "Mary can cover. She'll check folks in." And I said thank you. And my manager asked if I was just venting or if there was something I needed him to do. And I just said, "Not anymore."

But the classes went, and went relatively well.

All I want now is a fruity drink or a hot tub. Instead, I will catch up on the email that accumulated while everything else fell apart.


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