Nothing Important Happened Today...
(Ithaca, NY, USA)
This morning I spilled a whole cup of coffee on myself at the breakfast table. I was just getting up to leave for work and when I grabbed the cup it fell out of my hand and spilled right down my front. In a frenzy I ran back upstairs, changed my clothes in a record 2 minutes and flew out the door. It was nothing short of a miracle that I was only 5 minutes late for work.
As soon as I sat down at my desk, my boss known to all of us employees at "Attila the Hun" approached me and said "I need to see you in my office." I was sure that my day had just gone from inconvenienced to disastrous. When I sat down in front of her large desk, I was pleasantly surprised to see her normal scowl was not present.
She simply said, "In spite of your tardiness this morning, which will be duly noted, the president of the company has decided to give you a 100% pay raise, effective immediately. Your work, although not your punctuality, has been exemplary. You may now return to your desk."
I could not believe what I was hearing, but when "Attila" says to go back to your desk, you better go back to your desk. I got up with what I'm sure must have been a look of shock and stupor on my face and went back to work. Although, instead of actually working, I began to make a list of what i was going to do with all this income.
The first thing to do is make an appointment with a good stock broker and make some investments for the future. On second thought, I think the first thing to do is contact my travel agent and book a 2 week vacation in Hawaii. When I return from my vacation, the next order of business will be to contact my real estate agent and make an offer on that house I've been eyeing for several months now. After that I will plan to make a donation each month to the American Cancer Society to support all the wonderful work they do. The next thing I knew, it was lunch time.
I couldn't think of a better way to spend my lunch hour than planning a tropical vacation. I put my pen down, grabbed my favorite coffee mug, got up from my desk and walked out the door. And this time, even though my thoughts were in a thousand different places at once, I didn't spill coffee on myself.