When my daughter started high school she tried out for the school soccer team. She was going from a very small elementary school
(and the only school in the district that was K-8th and didn't funnel students to the same middle school)
into a very large high school. A lot of talented girls took the field on try out day. I could see my daughter was nervous. I was nervous, too - in that way mothers get when they know their children really, really want something that is outside their control.
I said - "I'm so glad there are so many good players here today."
she said - "Huh?"
she thought - (my mother has lost her freaking mind - where do I get a new mother)
I said - "You're a good player, too. You'll fit in with these girls."
she said - "What if they're too good?"
I heard - ("what if I'm not good enough?")
I said - "Just because they're good doesn't mean you aren't."
she said - "There's only so many spots mom."
As she ran onto the field I could hear the other parents yelling after their girls, "GO THERESA!", "YOU CAN DO IT!","GO SALLY!"
I started thinking my advice was kind of lame. What had I been thinking?!
My daughter needed warrior energy now, not advice from Dr. Phil!
I channeled Athena and managed to screech out something like "GET 'EM!" at exactly the moment the other parents got silent.
(my daughter's memory is that it was something like "KILL 'EM")
Last night at dinner I found myself saying something similar (they're good and you are, too) to hubs about another business down the street and him replying something like, "there's only so much work though."
(I did manage to restrain myself from screaming "
Hubs isn't on Facebook. If he was he could see this guy announcing his new location and his new equipment and his relaxing vacation to Bermuda with his gorgeous wife and 2.5 smiling, towheaded children. George would never sleep again.
It has me thinking about the tools we need to live in a world where everyone's bright, shiny new "great thing that has happened to them" is visible to us. Also everyone's pain.
So, I'm starting a business series about this next week. We'll see where it leads.
We have a Balsamic Moon now - get some rest today!