I believe in punctual, prepared and well-groomed.
So, I arrived 10 minutes early, took out my research notes and hung up my favourite navy blue Zara blazer.
The waitress with her strong perfume seated me. I felt nauseas.
I noticed that feeling again. The same feeling I had when I was driving to the meeting.
My guest arrived 20 minutes late. We ordered tea.
She had not prepared for the meeting. She had not signed the Non-Disclosure Agreement I had sent her either. In fact, she had not even looked at it.
I should have stopped right there.
Instead, I ordered some more tea and she pitched her ideas to me. I loved them. There was definite synergy there. A partnership was on the cards. I was excited.
She texted a lot during the meeting. She also took 3 or 4 calls. I used one of those moments to go to the ladies room. I looked at myself in the mirror and shook my head a few times.
The rest of the meeting was fun. We laughed lots, ordered lunch and lots more tea. I noticed that her shirt had stains on it.
By 6pm I had forgotten all about the weird feelings and the stains. Creative juices were flowing and we were making plans to take over the world together. She was so smart!
Well, things began to fall apart a week later. She landed a contract. Alone. Solo. With my ideas, though my contacts, without me.
I was mad.
I was sad.
I was jealous.
I was disappointed.
So, guess what I did? I chose to let it go.
No, I am not a saint! Nor do I believe in karma. I don’t even subscribe to the philosophy that “the wheel turns”.
I chose to let it go because as I said, I believe in being punctual, prepared and well-groomed and let’s face it, if I let that tart take any of my time and energy, I will be none of those for my beautiful future.
Aluta continua I say! Let it go