As you know, I’m a waitress. So my weekend isn’t spent at nightclubs, SATC style with girlfriends checking out cute guys. My Friday and Saturday nights are spent serving the wealthy or those with entertainment cards – smiling, laughing at dumb jokes, persuading them that they need to tip large or get the hell out. It also means I miss out on a lot of friends birthdays and
celebrations, unless they give me five or six weeks notice.
Recently, I was given three-four weeks notice for one of my best friend’s birthday, it was a big night, celebrating a new decade but I
couldn’t get it off work. Not enough notice, and other staff members had already requested the night off. My friend was upset. I was upset. Work or my friend’s birthday? Easy choice, I would definitely prefer to go to my friend’s birthday.
But what can I do?
Someone said call in sick, but one of my values in life is honesty, so how can I call in sick and lie? It would mean not honouring
myself, or my job.
The only solution I could see was prayer. I said a heart felt prayer leaving it to the universe, and then my busy life took over and I
kind of forgot about it. I knew that if it was meant to be, somehow it would happen. Over the next few weeks leading up to the birthday, both my friend and I kept repeating. I’m lucky she’s into the law of attraction and believes in the power of the universe.
The Saturday of her birthday saw me at work early, and within two hours of being there my boss asked me if I wanted the night off. It was a miracle! It was the first time in nearly a year working there that I had been offered a Saturday night off. The rest of the shift I beamed - the whole of my being so grateful that I could attend her birthday.
I arrived slightly late to the address that the party was being held, and knocked on the door. She opened the door and shrieked when she saw me. The happiness on her face mirrored my own.
The morale of the story – miracles do happen.
Ask for help, ask for what will make you happy, and you
never know, you may just get it.
Penelope Jane Jones.