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8 hours doesn't define me

1993 or 94…. I had just started a new job in a new town in a new state. The first few days we were ‘getting ready’ for all the employees to show up and start the new year. We were cleaning out files, organizing, and sorting out the where, the when, the how and sometimes the who. It was casual and busy and we all worked together. On day 4, all the employees showed up for meetings, and brought all the bosses and pomp and circumstance that goes with a new year, a new beginning, and good first impressions. I missed the memo that said this was happening and showed up in my jeans and t-shirt, hair in a pony tail, and flip flops on my feet. Great first impression… But the NEXT day, I was ON IT. I was total business, dressed to impress and ready to meet and greet. Except….day 5 was back to jeans and t-shirts, getting the last day in to clean up and out, final organizing and pizza brought in for lunch. Yeah…I missed THAT memo, too. Embarrassing? Very. I can recall those entire 8 hours like it was yesterday. I can’t remember what I wore last week, but on a hot August day in 1993-ish I had on old jeans and a t-shirt with a daisy in the middle, complete with faded letters barely legible spelling “Sunshine” for every suited man and woman to see. Guess what? It was ONLY 8 HOURS. Almost 508,100 hours in my lifetime and I choose to remember THOSE 8? Yeah, that’s nuts, right?

So now, my goal is to look back at those 8 hours and laugh. I’m sure I made a great first impression and then all gussied up, I made another one. But, that’s not the only 8 hours in my lifetime. And I refuse to hang on to those feelings of embarrassment, foolishness, and stupidity any longer. Whatever 8 hours are hanging over you today, whatever happened in the past that’s still clinging to your soul leaving you exhausted, self conscious, and regretful, LET IT GO. How many hours in your life at this moment? 400,000? 200,000? I assure you it’s many many more than whatever happened in those few you’re remembering. Let


Go with Glitter & Grace, Sasha

Written by Sasha Gray

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