“Excuse me for interrupting, but I wondered if I might be one of the people participating in the upcoming concert?”
His response was cold and brief,
That was it.
No eye contact. No explanations. No don’t-feel-bad-there-will-be-other-opportunities. And as I did a slow about-face from his office door, I uttered these words for the first time,
That’s what you get for exaggerating your importance, Kristen.
It wouldn’t be the last time I said it to myself. And maybe you’ve said it too when you:
Read that Facebook status aglow with details of a party you weren’t invited to join.
Discover that board position you hoped to fill was given to someone not even on your radar.
Believe your presence wasn’t missed at that conference or ceremony you couldn’t attend.