Discovering the Relevance of Words
Last week I received an award.
It was completely unexpected (I hadn’t even read the email from our principal indicating one of our teachers would be receiving said award that morning).
Apparently, it was –is– a pretty big deal. Of the 35 thousand teachers in the state, one per month is awarded.
In the twenty years this award has been awarded, that would make 240 total recipients.
So, yeah, people were pretty congratulatory and there was a tv crew and an interview and stuff.
*writing tip: never use the word “stuff” there is always a better word. Unless you’re going for, ya know, voice and stuff
I’m not sure I deserve it. In fact, I am pretty convinced I don’t. At least, not more than most others in my profession.
I do my job and I do it to the best of my ability.
I, like most people, am not great at accepting praise. I either dismiss the praise, turn it into a joke (“I hear they’re just handing those out this year”), or act overly-confident (“Well, you know I AM kind of a big deal”).
It’s a strange thing how people are trained to be humble to a fault. It is nearly impossible for people to receive a compliment without feeling they need to reciprocate: “Your hair looks really nice today.” “Thanks, I like your shirt.” It’s almost automatic, and it’s either that or dismiss the compliment- “Oh, yeah, I just got it cut but I don’t really like how it usually looks so I just like threw it up in this bun thing and that didn’t works I decided to blah blah blah blah blah…”
Today, we change that. Don’t brag, but tell me what you’re good at.
QOTD – What award do you deserve?