I have a good work relationship with my former boss, who is now an influential person in upper management. Once, I was in a jam at work, he helped me to resolve the issue when I asked for help. Later, I moved to a different site.
After a long span of time, I have returned to the same site as him, and have thought it a good idea to socialize with him. Since he is so busy, I have not been able to meet with him.
However, I have a chance to meet with him soon. Unfortunately, I am again in trouble at work, and in a needy situation. He is definitely going to ask me about my situation at work when I meet him, and I can not hide those details. Even if I hide them, he may find out some time later through other channels.
If I mention my current problem, he might think that I am meeting him when only I am in trouble, which is untrue. How can I maintain a healthy situation in such a way that he doesn't become suspicious?
If I delay our meeting, I'm not sure when I'll get his time to meet again.