Sam: What’s the matter?
Ling: I’m trying to jot down some ideas for the meeting tomorrow but I’m drawing a blank.
Sam: When I’ve got a block, I usually step away from it for a while and come back to it later. Then I can look at it with a fresh perspective.
Ling: I don’t have time to take a break. I need to come up with something quick or I’ll have to go into that meeting empty-handed. I can’t let Danielle show me up again. At the last meeting, all of the department heads loved her ideas and they’re starting to think she walks on water.
Sam: Well, I don’t think it helps to sit around worrying about it. Nothing will come to you if you work yourself up too much.
Ling: You’re right. I’m too wound up to think straight. It’s like my brain is in a fog.
Sam: Come on. We’ll go take a quick walk. I’m sure that’ll do the trick. If it doesn’t, I’ll help you work on your resume.
Ling: Gee, thanks. I’ve known all along that you’re after my job.
Sam: Me? After your job? I wouldn’t touch your job with a 10-foot pole. I couldn’t take the pressure. I prefer being a lowly employee and giving you a hard time everyday.
Ling: Thanks a lot. Between you and Danielle, my days here are numbered.
Sam: Come on. Let’s go before you get even more depressed!