By Cassie Lenski, Friday, June 22, 2012, at 9:00 am.
Preparing to film the “Pittsburgh Welcomes One Young World” video, I decided I would get to work early one day last week.
I arrived at our office building, Starbucks in hand, and got into the elevator. Little did I know that my floor required an elevator key and that you cannot get to that floor unless you unlock the elevator. Normally, the first person to the office unlocks the elevator—and apparently that person is never an intern.
When I realized that clicking the “2” button eight million times would not get me to the second floor, the elevator doors were already closed. Thinking this wouldn’t be an issue, I pressed the “G” button since I was still on the ground floor. Nothing happened. Trying “Door open” didn’t work either. Slowly I became aware that I was stuck in my office elevator.
After calling the other interns and getting no response, and praying for someone to come to my rescue, I sat down with my coffee and tried to relax. Having a problem with closed spaces, I began trying techniques to help calm myself down. These techniques are great when you are trapped in an elevator—or for relaxing in general.
I wasn’t trapped in the elevator long. A nice man opened the doors only to find a girl in a suit sitting cross-legged on the elevator floor. I wish I had taken a picture of his face.
I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes about stress, from author and motivational speaker Bill Phillips: “Stress should be a powerful driving force, not an obstacle.” Even though I had a rough morning, I was then ready to tackle the One Young World video.