My job requires me to attend a variety of long, dull and ultimately pointless meetings. One of the first things you learn as a corporate drone is how to develop coping mechanisms to get you safely through these things. In today’s edition of ‘How To Slow The Inexorable Slide Towards The Edge Of Sanity’, I’ve come up a new game that I call Humbling Experience (TM).
It works like this: Imagine you’ve been hit by a bus and you’re busy perusing the owner’s manual for your new harp / pitchfork (delete where not applicable). Now make a list* of all the people you know well, dividing them into those who would probably attend your funeral and those who wouldn’t be bothered to make the effort. After you finish cursing the ones who wouldn’t show up, try and identify the ones at the service who might actually shed tears. Burn a few synapses in the process. Reflect sadly that you may just be a complete bastard after all.
Too morose? Well okay, you choose the sodding game then.
* this makes it look like you’re paying attention and taking notes and the section head will beam beneficently at you from time to time.