Down­pour

The Freeman - - LIFESTYLE -

morn­ing look­ing so ha­rassed, be­cause the taxi she was rid­ing in rammed into a parked mo­tor­cy­cle near her of­fice. Her boss had to let her off that day, which turned out to be the day she lost her job.

For some time be­fore, Deb­bie was al­ways late in re­port­ing for work. Her ha­bit­ual tar­di­ness, though, was at least bet­ter than her not show­ing up at all, which she had been do­ing quite fre­quently. While at the of­fice, she was al­ways on the phone, tak­ing and mak­ing per­sonal calls that of­ten left her all the more emo­tion­ally dis­traught to per­form her of­fi­cial du­ties.

The only rea­son hold­ing her back on that job was the pay, which she un­doubt­edly needed so badly. But her gen­eral state of dis­or­ga­ni­za­tion was soon af­fect­ing her of­fice­mates. She would hover at their desks for long pe­ri­ods, re­lat­ing her mis­eries with any­one who would lis­ten.

Deb­bie was not fired out; she quit­ted. Her boss was kind enough to al­low her a grace­ful exit, and gave her a lit­tle sev­er­ance pay. Los­ing her job was Deb­bie’s choice, long be­fore the boss gave up on her. She chose to wal­low in her per­sonal mess, in­stead of try­ing to fix things up.

It is sad how one per­son could at­tract so many calami­ties, one af­ter the other, or even all at once some­times. Deb­bie is just so busy han­dling day-to­day emer­gen­cies that she has lit­tle or no time to be pro­duc­tive, or to live. She chooses to clip her wings,

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