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.