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Day 22: A Different Perspective

Because my office is directly across the hall from the office photocopier, I've become an expert on the machine. It's really not by choice, it's mostly because I can't stand to look across and see the blinking red light that signals something is wrong with it. It used to make me mad that people treat me like the repairman for the thing and that I'm often interrupted by people asking questions about it. That is until I heard someone praising my ability to diagnosis problems with one of the most important devices in our department. Because I had headphones on, a coworker didn't think I could hear her telling a new employee that I was the go-to person for info on how the fury-inducing copier worked. When I heard her talking about me like that, I realized that something that I looked at as an inconvenience was perceived by others as a valuable skill and a help to them. Yes, there are times that being interrupted will push all the wrong buttons with me but for those times, I hope I just take a deep breath and look at it this way: how often do we get the chance to ease someone's frustration just by knowing the right buttons to push.

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