However, somewhere in the day, my mood took a dive, perhaps due to fatigue. Tunnel vision descended, a lighthearted mood spiraled to cantankerous behavior that took comments, and emails out of context, the wrong way, or personal.
The result, at the end of the day I apologized for a mean-spirited email I sent to a boss, and to another coworker for an unnecessary comment specially designed to make him feel bad. They both graciously accepted as we all realized we have our less than stellar moments. I berated myself a bit for the level of meanness that I am capable of, and then felt a surge gratitude that I work with good people with large hearts, always willing to talk out issues and find solutions.
Still, I wanted to immediately leave work and take a reality dive complete with massive amounts of chocolate and blanket over my head. My escape plan was suddenly interrupted by the loud buzz of my phone that signaled an incoming text message. It was an invitation to go to a movie with my dear friend Sharon.
My inside voice immediately responded, “Oh no, I am tired, feeling low and need to go home to engage in a massive self-pity reality dive.”
However, I paused, and instead simply responded, “Yes, thank you.”
From that point, we hashed out the evening plans via text. First on the agenda was a stop at the famous Whole Foods Market to partake of their diverse food menu and eat on the patio. Next stop was the Flicks movie theater for see Austenland, a movie I essentially knew nothing about other than it is a romantic comedy centered on a young woman’s obsession with Jane Austin and Mr. Darcy.
Still feeling a bit surly, edgy, and discontent, I nonetheless enjoyed chatting with Sharon as we watched the theater fill up primarily with women. Chick Flick night! What a great evening, not only with Sharon but also with a theater full of women (and three guys) that I did not know. A charming, entertaining, witty movie that we all easily laughed, chortled, clapped, and completely gave ourselves too for our own gala evening.
At the end a woman behind me cheerfully remarked, “This really is one of the best shared audience movie experiences I have attended in a while.”