A Tale Of Two Days

Not too long ago, I was talking to someone who was having a bad day. It was a Tuesday, and he remarked, “It’s my second Monday of the week.” After our conversation, I got to thinking about that comment. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a bit of an optimist, and a bit more than that of a devil’s advocate. This comment engaged me on both…allowing me to simultaneously see the bright side, and flippantly contradict my friend’s opinion. Some say my friends need better friends…

Anyway, my contention was this: if Tuesday can be someone’s “second Monday” (traditionally the least popular day of the week), then couldn’t Monday be “the first Friday of my week?” Let’s face it; not all Mondays are bad: my youngest son was born on a Monday, so that was a good day. Conversely, my Mom passed away on a Friday. ‘nuff said.

I don’t want to disparage Friday afternoon at all…it’s certainly a popular time of a popular day; when a lot of us tend to feel like this:

So, if Monday is indeed the first Friday of my week, then I can feel like this every day, right? See; it really is all about how you look at things. Which presents another question about point-of-view: Are you glad that the workday is over, or that your free time has started? I feel blessed that I can say it’s the latter…I really like my job. And what’s not to like? I’m writing this at work, which means I just got paid to watch a Flintstones cartoon. And if you’re reading this at work, so did you.

I had the pleasure to assist a new customer with a performance issue they were having with a PVDF Super Air Knife yesterday.  It was a critical application, and time was of the essence.  AND, it was getting late in the day.  I enlisted the help of both our Design Engineer and Production Manager to get the answers that my customer needed, and, at the end of the day (literally), everything worked out fine.

The thing that stuck out in my mind about the whole evolution was that my customer was genuinely excited about learning how to do this. In spite of an impending deadline which could have meant lost production, he chose to look at the situation from the “solution” instead of the “problem” angle.

We don’t get to choose the situations we’re presented with, but we always have the choice in how we conduct our response. Negatively or positively, solution or problem, “Monday” or “Friday,” our actions may be the same, but our attitudes can make all the difference in the world as to how we feel about it when the task is done. Are you slinking out the door, or are you sliding down the dinosaur tail?  In closing, I leave you with “Yabba Dabba Doo,” my friends.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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