It becomes obvious that I need a break from work when I can’t find my coffee mug.
I forgot to put it away in my drawer yesterday afternoon, so I knew the office cleaners would have found it and put it in the dishwasher.
I checked the dishwasher but it had been emptied.
I looked in the cup cupboard and it wasn’t there.
We have a lot of visitors today, so I checked all of their desks to see if anyone had used it, but it wasn’t on anyone else’s desk.
I looked in the cupboard again.
Then checked the desks again.
I looked in the conference rooms, and even the stationery room.
Nowhere to be seen.
I mentioned it to a colleague and he told me he’d emptied the dishwasher.
I checked the cupboard and the desks – again. No sign of it.
It had to be somewhere.
It wasn’t in the garbage bin, so no one had broken it and thrown it out.
I checked my manager’s desk and rechecked my own drawer.
Then back to the cupboard…
And there it was!
It had been there all the time.
And I recalled seeing it earlier – but for some reason, even though I saw the company logo printed on it, in my mind, for some reason, I pictured it having a different shape.
Mine tapers inwards towards the base, but seeing only the top of the mug, “hidden” behind others stacked in front of it, I’d pictured it as having straight, un-tapered sides.
I need a break.