As dawn broke across the land, Anthony tried to prepare himself for another workday in corporate America. But it all seemed so useless, devoid of meaning, and he just didn’t have the strength to even pick up his cup of morning coffee. Then, surprisingly, the coffee decided to change the agenda.
Coffee: “Dude, what’s your deal?”
Anthony: “I don’t have a deal. I’m just tired. I’m tired of watching other people get promoted just because they work harder than me, I’m tired of bosses that expect me to do my share, and I’m tired of other people getting credit for the things that I didn’t do.”
Coffee: “Really? Did you ever stop to consider that you actually have a job when so many people don’t?”
Anthony, contemplating: “Well, I suppose you have a point. I make decent money and I have health insurance and I get six weeks of vacation because I’ve been with this company since dirt was invented.”
Coffee: “See? Silver lining. It’s not so bad. Let’s buck it up and go out there and do the best that we can.”
Anthony, on the verge of an epiphany: “You know, I could keep smiling and signing my paychecks. I’ve made it this far, right?”
Coffee: “That’s the spirit!”
Anthony, veering away from the epiphany: “On the other hand, I could also do this.” Then he kicked the coffee cup over and went back to feeling sorry for himself.
On the other side of the two-way mirror, the leader of the focus group grimaced and turned toward the other participants. “And it looks like we have another undecided voter who doesn’t understand that blaming others for your own failures accomplishes nothing. Let’s send his profile to the Republican Party. I’m sure they have just the right alternative brochures for him to read.”
Previously published on “Crusty Pie”, modified a bit. This was originally scribbled a few days before the 2016 elections. Let’s hope that this time around fewer people kick the coffee over for clueless and self-absorbed reasons…
And yes, I’m still working on the “Casserole” saga. More to come on that front…
Categories: Past Imperfect