Tuesday, December 14, 2004

A secretary's prayer

Dear Lord,

help me to do my work well, to have the memory of an elephant, and by some miracle to be able to do five things at once, answer four telephones while typing a letter that 'must go out today' when the letter doesn't get signed until tomorrow. Please give me the self-discipline to keep my mouth shut.

And Lord, never let me lose patience, even when the boss has me searching the files for hours for data that is later discovered on his desk.

Help me to have the informational background of a college professor although I didn't get quite that far.

Help me to understand and carry out all instructions to perfection without any explanation.

Let me always know exactly where my boss is, what he is doing, and when he will be back, even though he never tells me these things when he leaves.

And Lord, when the year ends, please give me the foresight not to throw out records that will be asked for in a few days, even though I was told emphatically, "Destroy these. They clutter up the place."