Today was a very busy and tough day for me at work. I was feeling a bit sick for the past couple of days, and then I got a quick, yet heavy, rain shower on my way to my in-lawsâ€™ place yesterday, so today I woke up feeling worse.
I had to work on a report for my boss, because he was too busy, and then just around my only lunch break, he remembered that we had a deadline for a clientâ€™s proposal. So I had to work my head off to meet the deadline, or else, weâ€™ll be in a very bad situation.
I felt I almost passed out! But we got things done and I had my lunch.
When I got back to the office, I found my boss with a very angry face, he told me:
Boss: Eman, Iâ€™m in deep SHIT! Sorry for my language! (he always says â€œshitâ€ and follows up with an apology!)
Eman: Whyâ€™s that? Is there something wrong with the proposal?
Boss: No, not that, I went to their headquarters to hand it out personally, but they said the time was over and they canâ€™t accept our proposal any more! I asked to meet the manager but he was out! Iâ€™m afraid we lost a project!
Like I even had the strength to care!! All I said was: oh, all that work for nothing!!! And went to my office. Out of curiosity, I looked in the papers of the client to check on the terms. I found out that the deadline is today indeed, but the last time to submit the proposal is 5 p.m.! And it was still 3:30 p.m.!!
I went to the boss, explained the thing to him, he was happy, and taken with joy he said: Eman, you saved us, Iâ€™ll leave you the honour of going there yourself to submit the proposal!
I had no power to walk one more step, I told him that, and he said that he has a meeting coming up! So he basically left me no choice but go there myself!
I reached the clientâ€™s building at 4:10 p.m., I introduced myself to the receptionist, handed out my business card, explained why I was there, she asked me to go to the 2nd floor.
The 2nd floor had another receptionist, I introduced myself, gave my business card, explained why I was there, and then she asked me to go to the 4th floor.
Seeing that it was the last floor in this building I was happy I wouldnâ€™t be asked to go to a 5th or 6th floor. So with a smiling face, I introduced myself AGAIN, gave another business card, explained why I was there, and then, the receptionist kindly asked me to go back to the 3rd floor, where I introduced myself and all, and then the receptionist told me to go to the secretaryâ€™s office on the left.
I went there, to find this lovely office overlooking the managers meeting room. I explained the whole issue to the secretary, and she said she can do nothing, itâ€™s up to the manager. So she pointed at him through the glass window and asked me to simply go in.
I saw that he was in the middle of a meeting, with many people surrounding him, a board, a projector and all. So I asked her: donâ€™t you think you should at least notify him before I get in.
She said: if I do, youâ€™ll have to wait and might pass the deadline time! So this is the only way I can help. Iâ€™ll just pretend I didnâ€™t see you and you went there by yourself, ok!
I knew it was wrong and I had to wait, but well, itâ€™s either that or weâ€™ll lose a project! So I said to myself: what the hell! Iâ€™m going there, I knocked on the door, he looked at me, I had a very very very serious face, so he waved his hand asking me to get in, being happy that he let me in without complications, I was so proud, I smiled, walked in his direction with fast steady steps, my head up high, so confident, so optimistic that heâ€™d accept our proposal. He was also walking in my direction, and then BOOM!
No, we didnâ€™t hit each other, it was my face against the damn extremely clean invisible glass door! It was too strong that I couldnâ€™t feel my nose for the few first minutes!
I turned all red, the whole meeting room were staring at me, some laughing, some feeling sorry for my red noseâ€¦ ah it was so so embarrassing!
The manager offered me a glass of water, and asked if I was alright. I thanked him and then I saw my face in the mirror opposite to me, and my face features on the glass door I hit, and then all I did was laugh!
The manager, who was hardly holding his laughs first, surrendered and laughed along. He then listened to what I had to say about the deadline and said: We canâ€™t make you come all the way here, and have your nose hit that strong, and then let you down.
Give me that proposal!
And so I went back to the office to my boss with great news and a red nose!