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                   --Lee Pound

Day 126 - A New Day Dawns

It was the last straw. Five minutes before leaving the office, the biggest deal he’d ever made fell through. Canceled. Over. Kaput.

Danny walked out the door wondering if he’d even have a job come Monday morning. He didn’t want to go directly home because of traffic so he stopped at a bar near the office. No, he didn’t drink, just needed a soda and a few quiet minutes to reflect before he got on the freeway.

As he sat at the bar, he wondered just what he was doing in this job. He’d struggled for the whole year he’d been there, fighting to make sales. It wasn’t pleasant. He looked around the office. Most of the sales staff did far better than he did. Why? He wondered.

So he sat in the bar, his big deal gone, his wallet suddenly empty. On the outside he looked successful, the big job in the big high rise in downtown, the house in the suburbs. But he was a fraud. He was dying in this job, just barely making it, just barely making the mortgage, under pressure from his wife to do better, ever better.

He looked out the window of the bar as he nursed his soda. It was dark, just like his life. He saw no way out, just more of the same struggle to stay even, the same pressure to do better, the same everything.

Danny arrived home about 8 p.m. He’d called so his wife held dinner. He ate in silence, his excuse being the pressure of the day and he didn’t want to talk about it. That night he lay in bed, eyes wide open, while his wife snored beside him.

It didn’t make sense. He’d done everything right, made all the right decisions, gone to the right school, gotten the right job. But, he thought, whose right job, career, decision, school. He thought he’d made those decisions but the truth was people around him had made them and somewhere along the way he’d lost who he was. He wasn’t the high-powered sales star, he knew that. He didn’t belong in Corporate America, in that super job. He hated the commute. He hated working for a boss he didn’t like and didn’t respect. He hated the politics.

One thing the job had done, he thought, was pay him enough money to put aside some savings. That sparked a thought. Who was Danny? What did Danny want? He smiled and made a decision, and then drifted off to sleep.

The next morning he had a long talk with his wife, asked for her support, then announced that he was quitting his job and starting a business of his own. “I’ve always wanted to do this,” he said. “I just never had the courage to tell anyone.” She gave him her support.

He opened the kitchen curtains to bright sunshine streaming in. It was indeed a new day dawning, not just another day but a new life. He eagerly looked forward to it.

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