Today’s Prompt: POTENTIAL
I ordered a new 2018 AP Stylebook. I could have chosen “slightly used” or some other flawed option and paid less money, but this is enough of a professional necessity that I decided to pay full price.
And yet … it arrived imperfect
The vendor blames the postal service (probably true). They offered a full refund if I would send it back (undoubtedly through the same postal service) or a 30% refund if I would keep it.
Maybe it was laziness that led me to keep it and not send it back.
As I kept using it, though, the imperfect version grew on me. The information inside is no different than it would be if the cover were perfect.
I look at that crimped cover and think of people full of potential who aren’t given a chance they deserve because people can’t or won’t see past cosmetic blemishes and poor first impressions.
Our stories take longer to tell, and are richer/more nuanced, than our outer shell lets on.
*Note – written on my phone – I am at a conference and didn’t want to delay joining everyone at the FMF linkup. I am literally “all thumbs” for this one!