I’m back for Dryvember day Nineteen, and I’m working on taking compliments. For context: One of my big bosses observed a class today. Usually, they tell us observations are happening a few days in advance, but today she told me about 3 hours before. No big deal, I’m a professional. So, she came and observed. The class went well, or so I felt.
After class, she sent me a message saying that my lecturing was excellent. Now, that surprised me. It also made me happy. I don’t doubt my teaching abilities, at least most of the time. But, I do think I constantly walk with lack of confidence by my side. Human nature, of course, but that doesn’t make it any better. So when she said that, I was pleased. Of course, I was waiting for more. In fact, I was waiting for the “BUT” that always seems to comes in those situations. “You’re and excellent lecturer, BUT you spoke too much,” or “You did a good job of presenting the material, BUT your students spent too much time on their phones.” And so on.
Thankfully, there was no BUT. Rather, just a few examples of what I did well. That also pleases me. Though, I am not sure there won’t be some kind of constructive criticism she files with the school. And you know what? I’m okay with that. I don’t have an issue with constructive criticism. It’s one of the most helpful ways of learning how to make changes. Making those changes, is, a different matter entirely.
Dryvember Day Nineteen Taking Compliments Is Important
Anyone who knows me, knows that I try to shrug off a compliment. It’s not that I don’t enjoy them, I just don’t know how to accept them. At least, not without feeling awkward. Sure, I’ll sing my praises on occasion, and even get full of myself. But, I try not to. So, today on Dryvember Day nineteen I had more practice taking compliments. And, I got a good reminder of why it is important.
Having someone pay you a compliment doesn’t mean you’re perfect. Nor does it mean everyone thinks the same. It does mean, however, that someone appreciates you enough to take the time to brighten your day. I know I’m discussing a work situation here, but the point stands. Learning to accept others’ praise is important because it help us think better of ourselves. It gives us a window through which to look. Through the compliments we receive, we can start to look at ourselves differently. Is this always the case? Of course not. Does it always work? Again, no. But it can help shift our mindset, and afford us the opportunity to start thinking better of ourselves. Compliments assist us in loving who we are as well as helping us focus on who we want to be. There’s nothing wrong with taking compliments, and I remembered that on Dryvember day nineteen.
What Was I Doing on Days Seventeen and Eighteen?
Well, on Sunday, I I decided to go for a walk instead of blogging. I like blogging and discussing my journey of No Drink November, but I felt like I needed a break. And Sunday was the perfect day to do so. After a rainy morning, the sun came out (fittingly) and I went for a walk. It wasn’t a long walk, and I wore the right socks. I passed some new street art, which was nice. Street art isn’t something you see much of in this town. Or least, I haven’t seen much of it.
And then yesterday, I spent all afternoon playing Skyrim for Nintendo Switch. Old school, I know. I played it a little on PS3, but not much since. When I bought my Switch in February, Skyrim was one of the games I got to go with it. I haven’t been playing it much, though, because I didn’t have my charging dock. It was too bulky to bring with me. The lack of a dock meant relegation to handheld mode. Which I love! But Skyrim is too hard to see sometimes in handheld mode. Well, I have my dock with me, and a TV to hook it up to. So, yesterday I played until it was time to go to bed. It’s ridiculous how much time I spent on my ass in front of the TV yesterday. But that’s okay. I deserved it.
So, that’s about all that’s been going on with me the past few days. Thanks to all who keep reading this, and sorry for my brief absence. Stay well.