Okay, so I admit it. I hated the day the Academy Awards switched from that exuberant, "And the winner is...!" to the painfully bland yet politically correct, "And the Award Goes to...". It seemed....dishonest, somehow. Reality is a series of "win some, lose some" life lessons. But in the quest to make people "feel good about themselves", kids are receiving awards just for showing up to the game, no matter how they played. The whole reason for the concept of "fail" is so we can learn to "improve." I've seen kids "earn" sports trophies, because their parents bought them a uniform, later fall apart and feel like abject failures for losing a game of checkers. If they're never allowed to fail, how will they survive in the real world? How is removing the benefits of learning experiences, even the painful ones, helpful? Kids need to learn that life isn't always fair...but you'll live to try another day. Failing at one thing doesn't make you a failure, it's merely one step in life's journey.
Stay with me for a minute longer and this will get better. I promise. :)
Today, in theory, I failed. I didn't get the job I wanted. But you know what? That's okay. Deep down I kinda worried it wasn't the right job for me anyway. There's an old saying about "Grow where you're planted." I asked God to find me a new field and like any kind of gardening, waiting is the hard part.
No, I'm not sobbing or even pouting. I'm handing out awards to people who make me smile. This one, as a matter of fact, gifted to me by Poetikat.
I'd like to say at the outset that some of you witty, lovable souls are constantly getting awards, [yes Susan, Rachel and Ken, I'm talking about you] therefore I have telepathically sent this to you rather than ask you to play the game. This game is simple enough: just pass it on. [If you're so inclined]. Nice concept in this day and age of recession, huh?
Therefore, today's WINNERS are:
Shug: who inadvertently began my journey on this blogging road. He's too laid back to actually post the award on his site...but with all the good books of poetry he has to offer, does he really need additional praise? I do thank him for answering endless questions about Scotland while increasing my vocabulary.
Kim: I appreciate that he's willing to share both his highs and lows. That takes guts. He reminds us just how human we all are...and that being human isn't fatal. I love the art HE's making taking photos of area artists. He doesn't know it, but there's something personal we actually share....and no, I'm not a bearded lady. :)
Mapstew: I love every blog I visit, but some make you feel at home from Day One, as if you're long lost family....and they don't wish for you to stay lost. I love a sense of humor and when it's combined with a genuine laugh AND a song, well how can you go wrong? He'd be surprised to know what made me read his blog to begin with....although it's easy to see why I return. xxx
Dr. John: a new entry to my reading list [I swear if it gets much longer my hubby will think I'm AWOL!] thanks to Friday Flash 55s. His ongoing story on Knights and a Square Table have given me a giggle when life doesn't seem fair. Thanks for that Doc.
Peggy: I admire her for meeting a physical challenge head on with grace and humor. She has to be a wonderful lady to have raised such a considerate son. [How many laid off Cow midwives do you know who return to check on the four hoofed tykes?] I find it often ironic that when I attempt to say something helpful, she finds a way of turning it around and making ME feel better. Just this week alone, I am grateful for those talented sheep. :)
Titus: another new title on my reading list, I find her words interesting...words the rest of the world is now discovering in her newly published book of poetry. And like her, I am still amazed that I actually share real conversations with people on the other side of the world. As long as we're curious, we'll always be amazed.