In 10 days, I have written 26 postings…stories. I have been blown away by the response that people have given. It’s mind boggling to me that my words have had any impact whatsoever on anyone else. To then receive actual comments…meaning that people are taking the time to sign up to respond to my words is unbelievable which is what inspired this post.
Why is it unbelievable? Why do I still struggle with compliments from others? As reflective as I am, it’s odd to me that simple nice gestures are still uncomfortable. I struggle with this and maybe I’m hoping that writing about it will be the magic pill that fixes it…maybe.
If you’ve read any of my prior postings, you know that I have often felt that I was not good enough. It’s still crippling to think about it. I say that I am beyond this thought…that I am EMPOWERED. Yet, when someone comments or responds with a tweet such as the one below, I am stumped.
@RafranzDavis Just wanted you to know, I love your Twitter voice. Your love for your PLN and education shines thru. Thanks for what you do!
— Matt Miller (@jmattmiller) July 6, 2013
I found myself staring at it for 20 minutes at least struggling with how to respond. In 20 minutes, I found two words…Thank You. Even now, as I write this, I can’t believe how hard it was to come up with the easiest of words.
Dear Rafranz, being awesome isn’t just a phrase. It’s an action and also a reaction. It’s not equal and opposite but the same. – signed ME
I will no longer respond to compliments with an explanation to downplay my work. I will no longer act surprised that anyone cares because I am surrounded by people that do and I understand my own value regardless of whether it is noticed or not. If someone else appreciates what I do, it is a bonus…and I need to learn how to accept that. Today, I exhale any and all negativity about my worth.
Today, I am empowered by two words…