Yesterday was a good day. I had a meeting concerning the latest numbers for our Pantene's Beautiful Lengths campaign (1,302), the hair cutting event and everything surrounding that day. When I left the meeting, I felt so blessed to be leading this effort. Then, I walked into my office and answered my phone which was ringing.
It was a viewer named Paula and she was none to happy with me. "Last week when north Mississippi was having bad weather, you pronounced Lafayette County as 'LA-fay-ETTE' instead of 'La-FAY-ette'. Since you're from that area, you should know better!" I agreed with Paula and told her that I had been taking all sorts of medicines for bronchitis and really didn't feel like myself last week; I had no doubt I probably had made several last week. I also went on to explain that my weathercasts are impromptu. I have no scripts, no words to read--only a 3-4 minute speech to give off the top of my head along with showing my maps/graphics. I am going to make mistakes and I apologized for the slip up. "Well, I know you graduated from Mississippi State and the correct pronounciation doesn't really matter to you, but we are die hard Ole Miss fans and we are very sensitive to things concerning Oxford." I told Paula while I was at MSU, I was obtaining my Masters degree so there was no socializing going on during that time. I was there to study. As far as college loyalties, I loved Mississippi College since I received my Bachelors there and met my closest friends there. However, I told her many of my family members went to Ole Miss including my husband. "Well, I just wish you would pay closer attention to the things you say and try not to make these kinds of mistakes in the future," she concluded.
Have you ever had someone try to ruin your day? Paula was getting close. After having such a productive, positive Pantene meeting, Satan had obviously put Paula up to bring me down and criticize me until I couldn't take any more.
As you go throughout your day, be aware of people Satan puts in your path who will try to change your attitude and put a chip on your shoulder. Don't let them steal your joy and what all God has for you today.