An Office Angel's Gift

I had to laugh—which made me cough! But at least I hadn’t lost my sense of humor. And that was definitely positive.

by - Posted on Jan 23, 2013

Angels on Earth blogger Colleen Hughes

I’d been dragging around the office all day, all week maybe. My cold was hanging on, just like almost everybody else’s around here. The temperature-in-the-teens didn’t help, but why couldn’t I just suck it up like the rest of my coworkers? They didn’t seem to be complaining, just going about their business, getting the job done.

In a meeting after lunch, I coughed into the crook of my arm. My kids said that this lingering cold had at least corrected my outdated habit of covering my mouth with my hands, which is a good way to spread germs. I supposed I’d taught my little angels well about trying to find a positive in every situation.

Back at my desk after the meeting, I saw that someone had left a few cough drops on top of the manuscript I’d given up on. How could I concentrate on editing with this cold? I opened a lozenge and looked more closely at the writing on the little wrapper: “Get back in there, champ!” “Flex your ‘can do’ muscle.” “You got it in you.” “High five yourself.” “Tough is your middle name.”

I had to laugh—which made me cough! But at least I hadn’t lost my sense of humor. And that was definitely positive. At some point I will figure out which office angel sent me the perfect message in a cough drop. For now, I had a manuscript to concentrate on.

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