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A Staples Miracle

Today I found my cajones.  I got new back covers made for my books at Staples.  The guy said it would take about 5 hours, so I left them off.  I showed him the file, he printed one out and lined it up and it seemed good.  I mentioned it was the back cover, but neither of us really made a note of it.

When I picked them up they looked good, so I brought them home.  When I started to attach the first cover, I immediately saw the mistake – the holes were punched on the wrong side.  I sat for a few minutes trying to figure out how I could accommodate the mistake…put it on upside down?  Inside out?  Do something else that would look stupid and unprofessional, but wouldn’t require me to go back and ask for it to be done again?

Finally I decided that it had to be redone, but I was afraid that he would make a stink, tell me that I hadn’t given clear instructions, tell me I had to pay again….anything that would be scary and embarrassing and make me feel wrong.

But I told myself that this is part of being a grown up – making sure that things are right and being willing to stand up for that.  So I went back and, even though I was nervous, I was calm.  I told him that I couldn’t use this batch because they were punched on the wrong side for a back cover.  He immediately saw the mistake and offered to make it right.  I didn’t have to whine, complain, or do anything to manipulate or wheedle him into doing it.  He simply stepped up and apologized.  And better yet, he said he could have the whole thing re-run in about 10 minutes.  So I didn’t have to wait another several hours – or overnight – to get it done!

The miracle is that I stood up for what I needed and got it done without manipulation or a scene of any kind.

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Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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