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Friday, February 05, 2010

Heading Eastward Toward the Abyss


This Southwest aircraft is above the grayness that just minutes ago hung low to the ground and almost prevented this plane from lifting off the runway.  I am going home after nearly a week of a training session for my company’s newest sales reps.

I did not wish to be here; I did not in any way want come here especially to be part of training people.  These days I don’t feel I can contribute much.  The business has radically changed since I last had a sales territory.  Good grief!  It has been over twenty-four years since my stogy body graced the doorstep of a customer as a company sales rep.  You know, way back in the days prior to cell phones and e-mail, and even before fax machines were available.  But, as usual, the more things change the more they stay the same; the only real difference today as opposed to yesteryear is now there are electronic enhancements and it takes a little more youthful hubris than I can conger up. 

The huge thrill of the week for me was being with all these young people.  Watching ten strangers come into a building as individuals and leave as a part of a family – brothers and sisters united to a single cause, that being success.  Each of them enjoyed an epiphany of sorts; I enjoyed one, as well.  I found I am not as out of touch as I thought.  I got to share my experience and experiences with them and I found it attracted their attention, especially when I got out of my head and spoke from the heart.

Now with the week behind me I am heading home.  The weather eastward sucks.  The forecast for the area surrounding Beautiful Downtown Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, population 711 calls for 24” to 30+” of snow.  All of this followed by another storm next week bringing joy to all the little boys and girls of school age, and even me, especially if I cannot get out to go travel to Indiana on Tuesday.  The weather will be what it will be, and I don’t really care if I get stuck, but I can go home with a smile on my face knowing I did my best and that I may have made a difference in someone’s life.

And that is all I have to say about that…

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