I remember the first time someone ever said congratulations to me. I was a teenager in high school and my English teacher gave a project for which most of the class did not interpret correct. I was one of the few that paid attention and handed in exactly what was assigned. Upon returning our graded papers the teacher was not shy about announcing his joy for my good fortune. I was very uncomfortable as I was not used to being spotlighted in such a way.
Many experiences have crossed my path since that wonderful time. I have received many expressions of congratulations but of course there were some disappointments along the way as well. I seemed to be able to hear the negatives much easier than the pats on the back. Just like the teenager in the classroom I was proud of the success but for some reason enjoyed being hard on myself. I was fearful of being the center of attention, the star of the stage.
I'm now 52! That teenage girl did the work, she listened and paid attention. She deserved that applause. She now thanks that wonderful teacher for acknowledging her.
Congratulations! Job Well Done! You will forget what someone said, or what someone did, but you will always remember how someone made you feel. I now want to share that good feeling with others.
Our life is a stage. There are many people in our audience each show. Ignore the one or two that refuse to clap. Sing the song and focus on the smiling faces and the applause around you.
Welcome to my first blog, on my brand new website. We are in the beginning stages but are working hard every day to have something for everyone. I am finally brave and am listening to the applause of those who encouraged me to do this. I look forward to you, my audience telling me your stories and singing along with me.
We are 50 something, these truly are the best days of our lives. Lets together say Congratulations! The second chapter, the best days are yet to come.....