Amidst applause, and smiles, and hugs, and handshakes, the executive works their way up to the podium to receive the award for their company's success.
They feel a bit surprised, and a little awkward and uncomfortable, but mostly grateful.
Once at the podium, they stand quiet for a moment, trying to find some calm and clarity in all the confusion racing through their mind.
Their trembling hands clutch the podium, and their eyes seek the security of the floor, and they take in a deep breath. They allow the breath to slowly exhale, and then on the next in-breath, they look up again