Toot Your Own Horn!
I am. First let me think a bit, out loud about Connection and Disappointment; two opposite sides of the coin? The reality is that others being late and not showing up to RC class are no way a reflection of my value. It has been difficult to think straight in that situation, in the past. I knew ahead of time three people would not be at class, however, I still missed them, greatly. Latecomers, I knew about one ahead of time and not the other few. I guess, it gave me an opportunity to realize how much I miss Anna. Every morning and evening, without fail, hugs and kisses for six months, kinda of spoiled me. As an attention away from distress, I am learning three songs; Kookabura, Edelweiss and May all dwell in the Heart. Singing these songs and enjoying eye contact thrills my heart. And as a perfect contradiction to my feelings last night, I found these notes, this morning, in a couple of professional emails from ZamZuu and SVMH. Yesterday, it was 101 degrees in Santa Cruz, only three blocks from the beach and it looks like it will be another scorcher today (61 degrees at 7 am). Off to Cellercise and walk the dogs. Perhaps, I will get to see my granddaughter, Alejandra, today.
Think About This: You Are Wonderful
The following true story happened several years ago in the Paris opera house. A famous singer had been contracted to sing, and ticket sales were booming. In fact, the night of the concert found the house packed and every ticket sold.
The feeling of anticipation and excitement was in the air as the house manager took the stage and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your enthusiastic support. I am afraid that due to illness, the man whom you’ve all come to hear will not be performing tonight. However, we have found a suitable substitute we hope will provide you with comparable entertainment.”
The crowd groaned in disappointment and failed to hear the announcer mention the stand-in’s name. The environment turned from excitement to frustration.
The stand-in performer gave the performance everything he had. When he had finished, there was nothing but an uncomfortable silence. No one applauded.
Suddenly, from the balcony, a little boy stood up and shouted, “Daddy, I think you are wonderful!”
The crowd broke into thunderous applause. We all need people in our lives who are willing to stand up once in a while and say, “I think you are wonderful.”
“Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.”
“I have had the honor of working with Sonia during my tenure as the Health Promotion & Childbirth Education Coordinator and now the Level II Dept. Secretary at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. She is the utmost professional, very compassionate and respectful of all patients and their families as well as her coworkers. My husband and I had the blessing of her assistance during my mother-in-law’s illness and passing – we could not have survived without Sonia’s help. Sonia has always responded enthusiastically to my calls for volunteers to work in the community. Evaluations from those who participated always loved her knowledge and enthusiasm. She is a blessing and joy to work with.”
Last and not least: I have successfully reduced my weight by twenty pounds since March 1, 2010. Hip, hip, hooray for me, at age 57!