I’ve been struggling with humaning lately. It’s difficult to explain. But I’ve been in a funk that I have not been able to shake. I have no idea what’s going on in my mind. But the struggle is real! THE STRUGGLE IS REAL HERE, PEOPLE!!! For the last few days (OK, maybe weeks or months), I’ve had to force myself to focus on the positive instead of dwelling on the negative. I know. I should write motivational posters or something. I’m pretty original like that. Anywho. I’ve never really had to do that before. Of course I’ve had my days, but usually I’d like to think I’m a pretty glass half full kind of lady (well, optimally sized). But I digress.
Yesterday one of my co-workers found out she was getting promoted. I happened to be with her when she got the news. It was one of the greatest reactions of sheer happiness and pure joy (yes, I know these are synonyms and this sentence is completely redundant) that I have had the pleasure of witnessing. It was humbling. She has worked extremely hard to achieve this goal of hers and in that moment of good news, everyone present could literally feel what it meant to her. The hard work and dedication had finally paid off. We need more moments like that in the world. The things that have a HUGE impact on someone because of what they worked for and earned. And that people are comfortable with being happy for themselves and proud of their achievements.
We spend so much time as a society trying not to single anyone out that we’ve stopped giving credit where it is due. And I think that is part of my struggle lately. We become selfish and braggers if we self promote our accomplishments. But we’re fishing for compliments and searching for attention if we try to downplay them. There’s no winning. But the reaction I got to experience yesterday – that was real. We deserve more of that. Those genuine reactions to life. The smile that is put on someone’s face because they are recognized for what they do. So while I continue to figure out the humaning thing, I think of those moments. And I thank the people who make them possible and aren’t afraid to show it. You be you. Hakuna Matata!