How to spill coffee (EVERYWHERE) in an interview and still land the job

How to spill coffee (EVERYWHERE) in an interview and still land the job

Back when I was a new military spouse, on the job hunt after our third PCS, I decided real estate would be a good fit for me. I was interviewing with firms, but there was one boutique firm I really wanted to join.

The founder really knew her stuff. And she was the kind of woman who was inspirational and generous. 

When I finally met her, in-person, at her office, she showed me a booklet she kept on her desk that she referred to when she needed a little inspiration. After looking it over (it was beautiful) I set it down next to my coffee. A few minutes later, the unthinkable happened: I knocked the piping hot mug of coffee all over the booklet. And her! And me!

As opposed to letting panic set in, and giving in to my overwhelming urge to run out the front door, I took a deep breath. I had been in the hot seat before. Military life had taught me how to facing the hard things is part of moving forward.

So that is just what I did, I looked her in the eyes, offered her my most sincere apology, pushed my shoulders back, and held my breath. 

And you know what? The most beautiful thing happened: she laughed. There we were, laughing, treating the small stuff like the small stuff. Bummer that I ruined something she loved? You bet. A tragedy? Not in the slightest. 

Recently, motherhood and uncomfortable life circumstances have reminded me I can rise above just about anything in life, most certainly the small stuff. When you keep the small stuff small, it opens up margin in your life. Margin you’ll need when life calls on you to take care of the big stuff. 

Next time panic or embarrassment sets in, imagine it rolling on by you. You don’t have to attach yourself to any story of shame or disappointment, because you are vastly more than the little things that, ultimately, don’t make up your life’s story.

Today let’s stand tall and love ourselves enough to forgive ourselves for the little things.

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