Things I Learned Today / Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Things I learned today…

You can be the shiniest, juiciest peach in the bowl, and somebody is going to dislike peaches, another is going to complain about the peaches, and a few will accuse you of being a soft, old rotten peach despite your shiny, juiciness. Others won’t even have noticed you’re a peach, then occasionally someone will pass the bowl who pets you and compliments your wonderful peachiness.

I got raked over the coals a few times today. Interestingly, just after a sucker punch email, I got a beautiful, kind, complimentary email. Just after a second right-cross email, I got a sweet Facebook message from a colleague. Just after a left jab email, I got a card from a precious dancer. I was rolling with the punches, and the little kindnesses were popping up almost on cue. It was kind of fascinating.

Being a watcher of people, I not only notice lots of little, trivial details about people, I listen closely to what they say, the words they use, the way they put words together. This is both a blessing and a curse.

Frankly, I don’t think people often listen to themselves. I don’t think they realize what they’re saying. They paint this picture for you, full of melodrama and exaggerated emotion, maybe riddled with silly excuses and odd “facts”, but I’m not sure they really HEAR themselves and how they come across. This is the curse part for me.

I need sleep. I could do one of those take a bath, go to bed, sleep 16 hours, and wake up thinking you’re late for school in 4th grade kind of things.

That’s all. We learn every day, don’t we?

Published by Amanda Herring, Writer

Practical wisdom, joys and pains, motivation and tough love, from the perspective of a Mississippi mom, traveler, business owner, goal crusher, substance seeker, and full-time dreamer

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