Thank you note

Monkey of shame on my desk

Monkey of shame on my desk

There’s a monkey of shame on my desk.

My IT department has this monkey and you “earn” it by making a big public mistake.

Yes. I earned the monkey this time. I keep it until it is earned by somebody else.

So today it is mine and I will own it. I goofed up. I goofed up publicly. I goofed up big. I goofed up. Again.

And yet today was a great day because of how some of my friends reacted to the situation.

There were many in my life that reacted with love and support and truth, making sure that I heard another opinion than the one that was playing in my head. 

They reminded me that I am good at what I do. Even today when it is hard to believe that I am good at anything at all, they reminded me that I am respected in my field, that it was earned the hard way, and that I must not let today take that away from me.

They reminded me to be brave and not run and hide. One friend even sent me this awesome video. I know it’s melodramatic to think this song was for me, but the song sure was comforting today.

And I say a heartfelt “thank you” to each and every one of you.

I respect your opinion.

  • Because you are people of integrity and I am at loose ends.
  • Because you are people of courage when I want to run and hide.
  • Because you are people of the truth and I need that clarity.

And I shall be eternally grateful for your supportive words and actions today.

Especially today.


2 thoughts on “Thank you note

  1. Sometimes we are ourselves. Sometimes we are SUE (who makes Stupid User Error). Sometimes SUE goes on a PICNIC (when there is a Problem In the Chair, Not In the Computer). I made a few errors this week… didn’t get “the monkey of shame” though. Among my husband’s friends, there is a gold painted rock that symbolized “career limiting move” (CLM). Dave currently has the CLM rock… but resists paying it forward.


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