From my workshop a little story I share –
I ran into my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Wickerham, at the mall about 10 years ago.
She said, “I’ve had lots of students, remind me who you are.”
I mentioned my brother and sister and she said, “Yes, I remember you. I remember thinking if I didn’t make it to school one day, that would be fine, Judi would teach the class!”
I took that as a great compliment all of those years later…also as an affirmation of what I enjoy doing.
When I shared that with my mom, she said, “Yeah, I know, that was the problem.”
I can see how I was shaped by gram’s and mom’s know it all type of thinking and I was a “know it all” type of kid…I didn’t want to follow, I wanted to control… Thankfully I’ve been transformed from being a know it all to more of a guide.
—In 2011 Mrs. Wickerham found me on facebook and asked me to be her friend. We’ve had some great conversations and the above story was used again.
–Mom and I have talked about how family has shaped both of us for good and bad. When you recognize it – its much easier to deal with.
–Strengths and weaknesses are not always easily seen and should be looked at from different angles. Ask someone what they see.