When we were at OCFF, I was part of a conversation about putting your needs out there and somehow the universe will pick it up. Call it prayer, call it fate, whatever, we were calling it the universe.
The specific example was about instruments. All three are involved in a youth music program. One of the musicians had a contact that offered guitars but things fell through. But this actually raised the question if the youth even wanted to play guitars. Maybe they really needed harmonicas or drums or mandolins. Each had an example of a time where they either needed something, or when they could provide something for someone. Maybe they just needed to put the word out there that there was need and the universe would deliver.
The universe just looked out for me.
I have a presentation to give tomorrow, more of a training session than presentation. I am scheduled from 9-12 with a fire drill in the middle giving us a break so I have to be a little flexible on how long that break is.
I don't know this client, I haven't really worked on their categories even. So for all of the examples, I had to create data, not just borrow stuff I had and learn about their brands so I don't stick my foot in my mouth.
I was trying to figure out the handout situation. It is too big to print every page and why kill a tree for heading slides? So I saved as and started trimming down to what I thought would make a good hand out of the best oh, 20 slides. I could have just hidden them, but no, it's a new file, I'll delete.
You know what I didn't do?
Save the damn file before I saved as.
So the version I have saved? It was about 3 hours old.
I realize this at 4:45. I email Mr. Lina. I am not sure if I'm going to cry or puke or what but it sure wasn't feeling good.
And then at 4:51, 1 minute after hitting send on that email to Mr. Lina, they email to cancel.
I should not be happy that someone is in the hospital, but I am. I so am.
I am going to go home and appreciate every second of time I am not spending on recreating that presentation. I'll have to do that at some point, but not right now.