I had work computer issues on Friday. Our IT 2IC in Sydney is a beaut bloke, I like him a lot. He & his wife arrived from India a couple of years ago & love the Aussie lifestyle. For me, working remotely from H.O. always has its challenges, but never so much as when the gremlins reek havoc with our electronic communications network. As well described here previously, I have a very long fuse, except when it comes to computer glitches. Mr.2IC has the patience of a Holy Man, so as difficult as it is, I always try to be nice Millie instead of evil Millie when I need to contact him. I think he appreciates this, as I heard through our IT Director that he says I'm his favourite SS, too cute!!
He resolved my issues in a few minutes on Friday & I asked if he'd had a good week.
'Oh yes, thanking you very much Millie, it's been very wonderful!' his voice positively dancing through the cell phone.
'What made it so great Mr.2IC?' I asked.
'Well, I got my Driving Licence on Wednesday.'
'Oh that's great - good for you.' I said.
'Thanking you Millie, but I'm having to tell you that I failed 3 times before, so I am being very pleased that I finally passed.'
'Well that must have been a huge relief Mr.2IC. So I hope you have a lovely weekend, what are your plans?' I asked.
There was silence for a little while & then much to my surprise, his very emotional reply came.
'Ever since coming to this wonderful country I have had one dream - to be able to take my dear wife for a very long drive along the coast road on the weekend in my own car. And tomorrow I'm being able to do that.'
Afterward I just sat for a while thinking about what he'd said. Life isn't about what riches we can accumulate, how big & flash our house is, how many overseas vacations we can boast about, the labels on the wine we drink or the clothes we wear. Life is about the simple things, the things that really matter in our lives. So thank you Mr.2IC for that precious reminder. And for me, this week is about placing the simple things front & centre, how about you?