The 58 Sandwich

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Mixed Feelings

It’s just last minute jitters I’m sure, but I’m feeling a little nauseated about my upcoming birthday this weekend.

Dangerously close to the ‘S’ word, it can of course put anyone into panic mode.

During the countdown to this birthday (which probably started immediately after my last birthday) I have experienced many mixed feelings.

There are the positive days:

"You are as young as you feel, right? And I feel pretty darn fit!"

And then there are the negative days:

"Crikey, I’m tired"

My mind and thoughts are getting confused.

So to help my poor confused brain, I decided to try the ‘Sandwich’ approach.


The "Sandwich" Approach?

For many years I was an Office Supervisor. One of my most difficult and challenging duties was training and motivating staff. This was where the ‘Sandwich’ came in to play. Briefly this is how it works…

If you just dish out the “filling”, then more than likely you crush personal morale in one swift swoop and confidence ultimately hits rock bottom. However, by softening it before and after (by wrapping it with “bread”), the filling is a lot easier to swallow.

Everyone loves positive thoughts and compliments:

“Excellent, you handled that disgruntled customer in a very professional manner”

This prepares the way for harsh realities and truth - ‘The Filling’:

“Next time in that situation try saying to the customer “It wasn’t my fault” less than 5 times I think it would have more impact”

Finally, it’s essential to pick up the pieces and restore the damage:

“I am sure you have restored the customer’s confidence by providing good customer service”



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The ‘58’ Sandwich Poem

I feel good

Walking jogging

Push-ups too

I feel great

A balanced diet

Nutritious and healthy

I feel inspired

To write

On HubPages

I feel creative

With my camera

Photos of my flowers

I feel love

For my garden

Planting and tending


I’m shattered

So tired

I think it’s the weather

Got terrible indigestion

Again

My mind keeps wandering

I seem a little confused

I’m growing Ladybirds

Planting dinner plates

I’ve heard Cows talking

Even seen

Mysterious glowing objects

I’ll just

Have a lie down

Rest my thoughts


Love it

The Grandchildren

Are coming

My favourite

Let’s go for a picnic

Play football

Let’s eat

Burgers on the BBQ

Ice cream dessert

Laughing

Having fun

Afterwards

Just you and me

We’ll curl up together

Content and fulfilled


58? So what’s the big deal, life is fabulous!

Thank you my wonderful family, my children, grandchildren and darling husband for making me so very happy with my life.

Thank you to HubPages for giving me the opportunity to write.

Thank you to my new HubPages friends and followers for your support and inspiration.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Clever Hub title poem, clever management style. Now what's this about bbq hamburgers? Enjoy 58 it's a good one. And we are all glad you found a place to share your flowers and secret paths.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Oh I almost beat Mck..I agree with Mck in every way..let me add to your list,

Creative,

Wonderful,

Beautiful

Encourager

Nurturer

Fantastic

Brillant..I can go on if you'd like YES?

Happy

Sweet

lovable

Loved

Awesome

and just plain gifted..we love you and Happy early birthday..

Hugs,

Sunnie


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Oh my, yes, Happy Birthday!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Cool hub, Movie Master! You are as young as you feel! lol I think 58 is a great number. Thanks for all the pleasure you bring in your hubs! Happy Birthday - in advance!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi mck, thank you for your encouragement and support, here's to lots more sharing!

Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sunnie, You are one special person!

You have been an inspiration to me, I value and thank you for your support and friendship. Thank you x


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dex, I think '58' is becoming a little bit more acceptable!

I'm certainly enjoying writing and I'm glad you enjoy reading, many thanks for your support and best wishes, take care and see you soon.


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

58 is a good number. I use sandwiching at work all the time, with varying degrees of success. Happy birthday!


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Hey, no biggy I beat you there, oh no!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I love getting older. Sounds strange i know, but my appreciation of every experience in life is richer. You are amazing at 58 and here in Hubland, age is a moot issue anyway. laugh


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi A.A.Z.I must admit the sandwich approach at work wasn't always a guaranteed success!

I'm beginining to feel quite good about being '58' so I think it worked on me!!

Many thanks for dropping by and your best wishes, I really appreciate it.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi writer20, that's funny:-)

As Hypenbird wrote age is a moot issue here on HubPages, perhaps that's why we love it here!

Many thanks for your comment and support, take care and have a fabulous day.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Hyphenbird, age has never bothered me before, but these last few months I have got quite anxious about being 58.

Writing this hub set me thinking about how my life is still changing and always for the better.

So - '58' is no big deal!

Thank you for being here x


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I like the sandwich approach. 58 - no big deal. Happy Birthday and celebrate!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Pamela, many thanks and I am celebrating 'no big deal' big time!!

Take care.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This is so true. It helps to give a compliment, some criticism, and then another compliment whenever something not so nice needs to be said. Some people need to take a lesson from you. Great hub!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Loved this. Age is only a number. I know a 20 year old who thinks he's over the hill, then i know a 87 year old who is talking about buying a new car ( True ) Happy 58th birthday, it only gets better, so i'm told. HaHa


PenMePretty 5 years ago

Voted: Useful and Beautifully written. Hey, honey... 58 is great. In the spiritual realm of it all...and what is most important--we are AGELESS. :-) Our birthdays are: A Promotion from God. So celebrate 58!!!


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

I love this hub and your sandwich approach is so good! Great photo you created:) Age is a difficult thing because it reminds us about how short life really is. And we can´t do anything else than make the best of it. But every birthday is worth celebrating because the opposite is even worse. I try and focus on the days when I feel marvelous!

Oh, how sad this comment became, it wasn't my intention!

Instead, I want to celebrate: Hip Hurray and Happy birthday to you!

Tina


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jeannie, the 'sandwich' is useful in a lot of different situations, the biggest success story seems to be me:-)

Thank you so much for dropping by, I really appreciate it, glad you liked it, hope you enjoy the rest of your day, take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ruby,getting uptight about a birthday is ridiculous! I think I'm over it now - all the celebrating helped:-)

glad you enjoyed it, many thanks for your best wishes, take care and see you soon.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi PenMePretty, I LOVE your comment, I wish you could join me to celebrate:-)

Many thanks, take care and enjoy the rest of your day.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Tina, you are so right, let's focus on those really good days and enjoy life:-)

Thank you so much for visiting and your best wishes, it means a great deal to me, take care.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

You Sound Wonderful, Upbeat and looking forward to the next 50 odd years, as we all are. Much Health and Happiness and all that goes with a Birthday Wish. Getting older is Ok I am finding out...We become more thoughtful, kind, we think before we speak... you know I'm having Fun with you... "Fun, Fun, Fun, until Daddy takes the T-Bird away"! Enjoyed your Thoughts Movie Master, Happy Birthday!


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Fun hub! Just think how wise you have become in 58 short years!

Planting dinner plates

I’ve heard Cows talking

You never know in Hubrock!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi b.Malin, how I love your visits! thank you so much for your support and friendship.

Together we'll have lots of fun, yeah party on!!

Take care and thanks for your best wishes, cheers!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sally, that's so funny!!! I am the 'wise woman of Hubrock' now that's got a 'ring' to it, I think I can feel a hub comming on....

Many thanks for dropping by, it's good to see you, take care:-)


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Steph Harris 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Happy Birthday Movie Master, we are all getting older and hopefully wiser, you sound as though you have a good handle on it, carry on with the fun, walking, eating good food and simply enjoying life, what else is there:-)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Steph,

I hope all is well with you my hub-sister:-)

Thank you for your best wishes, I agree lots of fun, excercise, eating and enjoying life - that is just about perfect! take care and see you soon.


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DTroth 5 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

Hi Duckie!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! (:

Only 58? Aaaah...you gotta long way to go yet. I love the "sandwich." You are brilliant.

Beautiful write. Clever, witty, intelligent and everything that Sunnie Day said. (:

I wish YOU were my boss! They could learn a thing or two from you.

Voted UP and all 5.

May peace remain in your kind and gentle heart and soul...always,

your friend,

Diana

xoxo


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Movie Master

You are warm, talented, creative and funny.

To me that will keep you forever young.

Happy 58th Birthday Movie Master. Have a blast!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGEe_zpddNI


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Diana, thank you for saying such lovely things, what a shame there is a few thousand miles between us, we could have celebrated my '58' together and partied through the night:-)

Take care my duck and see you soon.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sue, thank you for the youtube link, I love this song, we used it recently in a birthday movie we produced, it was quite emotional!

Thank you also for your lovely comments and best wishes, you are very kind.

Take care and see you soon.


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DTroth 5 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

I would have LOVED that, Duckie! We can still have a "virtual" party though. I'll bring the snacks, cranberry juice (for those who don't like alcohol - ME for one) and my party hat! You provide the space and the music and we'll boogie down all night long! (wow...I can't believe I just said "boogie down." That shows how old I am!)

Either way, I hope you have a truly beautiful day, Duckie!

Your friend,

Diana

P.S. Sooo, what do you want for your birthday? (:


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Happy, Happy Birthday! Age doesn't matter unless you're a wine or cheese :)) By the way the sandwich looks yummy!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sunshine, thank you for the best wishes and your comments made me laugh.

The sandwich was really yummy, but those '58's gave me a bit of indigestion:-))

take care and see you soon.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Diana, Us in party hats, knocking back our cranberry juice while we boogie the night away conjurs up quite a picture!!!

It would be a night to remember I'm sure, what fun!

What do I want for my birthday? well the above would be good, hey a hubbers party at your place?!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

I would have passed on the 58's....haha!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sunshine, they were a bit chewy! LOL


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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

Well I hope you had a happy birthday. 58 is cool. Very nice hub.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi tebo, I had a wonderful birthday thank you.

Thanks for calling in, I have loved sharing it with my new friends here in Hubrock:-)


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

hey!! congrats for turning 58! hope the year brings you all the happiness and fun and you feel as young as ever. and you keep writing such wonderful hubs throughout the year :D

love carrie


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Carrie, thank you for your lovely words and compliment, I now have a big smile on my face:-))

Take care and have a wonderful day!


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Hi Movie Master - Happy Birthday. May God grant you a long and peaceful life filled with all fun and happiness.

Hope and pray that you remain fit and young always. Age 58 is no big deal. I believe you are young if you feel that way.

Enjoyed the hub, keep up your good work.

Have fun and enjoy yourself.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Kamalesh, thank you so much for your good wishes my dear friend. Your words mean a great deal to me, best wishes and take care.


DTroth 5 years ago

My place it is!

See you there! (:


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Diana, I'm on my way, party on!!!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

You made me hungry. I love sandwich and thanks for share with us. Wonderful poem from you. Take care!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi prasetio, I enjoyed sharing my sandwich with you, glad you enjoyed the poem and many thanks for visiting, it's good to see you, take care.

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