Tuesday, January 5, 2010


She took one more deep breath before opening the door. The thick carpet and richly decorated lobby only served to make her more nervous instead of easing her discomfort. No matter that she was more than qualified for the position, it was her first day in a new environment with people she didn't know. Tucking a few loose strands of hair behind her hear, holding her head high and pasting on a smile, she approached the front desk.

"We've been expecting you," the receptionist said before she could even utter a "hello." "Come with me and I'll show you to your office." The carpet silenced their footsteps as they made their way through the building. They turned corner after corner, marching down one hallway before encountering another. She ignored the stares from her new co-workers, no doubt assessing the "new girl." As nervous as she was, she was thankful for the chance to start over. To make new first impressions and not be linked to her past. A name can be a hard thing to compete against at times but she was ready.

The receptionist slowed to a door at the hallway and before disappearing around the corner, said over her shoulder, "There's your office. Welcome to the team." She watched the woman finally disappear and then stared at the door. Opening it, she couldn't help but sigh. It wasn't quite what she was expecting. A small desk with a dusty lamp greeted her. There was an empty bookshelf to her left and a chair to her right. Behind her desk was a window with the blinds closed. Carefully raising the blinds, she ignored the grimy glass to smile at the view. She was apparently at the back of the building that faced the wooded area the company owned. Loving the outdoors, the sight of trees helped buoy her mood. "My silver lining," she whispered. Turning back to her desk, she sat down and picked up the employee handbook waiting for her and a letter from her new employer. "Welcome to the bottom rung," she said as she opened the letter. But it was a fresh start and she was ready.

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