Jennifer sat back in her seat aboard the large jetliner. It was the first time she had been afforded the opportunity fly in first class. As a new Junior Administrative Officer for the organization she worked for, Jennifer was joining with several others on the team to fly to a important business meeting. Normally Jennifer wouldn’t have invited to join but one of the senior officers, whom she was immediately under, had had to cancel due to family illness. At the last minute, Jennifer had been asked to join the team. Her boss and mentor, JoAnne, expressed great confidence in Jennifer’s abilities. Jennifer hoped she was ready for the job at hand.
The relatively short jaunt would give Jennifer precious little time to prepare herself as the meeting was scheduled to start within only a couple hours of Jennifer’s arrival. She had already spent many hours the day before going over the jigsaw of information that JoAnne had given her. She was hoping to use some of the time onboard the flight to briefly go over the documents once more before the meeting. She knew she would have a tough road ahead at the meeting. Being only a junior member, Jennifer knew that some of the members of the other organization might, very well, go for the jugular; Not to mention her own team members if she screwed up in any way.
Jennifer couldn’t help a bit of jealousy of the relaxed attitude of her seat-mate and colleague as he read a book about Jupiter. Jennifer wished she felt so relaxed but there was a lot riding on the line with this meeting. Her immediate bosses reputation as well as Jennifer’s own was at stake. She knew this meeting could make or break her. Do a good job at the possibilities could be endless. Screw up and, well, she was up a creek. Once the flight had reached cruising altitude and the seatbelt sign had been turned off, Jennifer stood up to retrieve her briefcase from the over head bin apologizing to the gentleman seated next to her. The gentleman closed the book he was reading, marking the place with his hands and stood up allowing Jennifer to get out.
“Still going through all the documents?” He asked asked as Jennifer returned to her seat.
“Actually, I’ve already been through them a couple times.” Jennifer replied, glancing over to try and gauge the reason for his questioning, “I thought I’d go over them again.”
“I can’t help but notice you seem a bit tense.”
Jennifer wondered if she should admit that she was, that this was her first meeting of this magnitude.
“Can I give you a piece of advise?” The guy asked, continuing on after Jennifer nodded slightly, “If you’ve already gone over the documents and everything then use this time to relax…”
“Relax? Ha!!” Jennifer wanted to say. You’ll be a lot more relaxed and do better at the meeting later if you take some time to relax now.” The guy was saying, “You’re either going to know the material or you’re not”
Jennifer hesitated for a moment before pulling out a book she had brought along as reading material on the off-chance she would have an opportunity to read. She could skim through the information just prior to the meeting so that it would be fresh in her mind. For now she planned to relax her mind with a good book.
Join Me in the month of April as I write “Alphabet stories” each day featuring a different letter from A to Z for the A to Z Challenge.