Good Monday morning!
Maybe I’m wrong. I’m pretty sure that there was a time in the past (possibly a past life) where I could really sing. I mean, I could drop notes like it was my business. In fact, I’m not really sure why I was never awarded a multimillion dollar recording contract. I guess the world was sleeping on me. I like to recall these good ol’ days fondly though. I like to let the world (mostly me, because I’m all alone when I do it) remember the days when I could hit the extended high note, or if the situation called for it, hit that smooth Barry White bass line. Oh yes … My range was impeccable! But like many shower and car vocalists - none of you, I’m sure – there comes a time when we come to grips with the fact that we’ll never receive that contract. It’s not that we can’t sing. Just that we can’t sing like we used to (Ignore the fact that we never really used to sing… but the world doesn’t know that, right?).
Well, maybe the world does. On occasion, our perception of ourselves doesn’t always match up with what the world sees from us on a daily basis. That may be very good, or it may be unfortunate. But it’s to our benefit every so often, to do some self reflection. We may find that we have to check ourselves. We have to remind ourselves that we’re not quite what/who/where we think we are, or once were. It can be difficult, but it can also be rather rewarding; or at least eyeopening. Take my singing, for example. Every so often when I’m in the car and a song comes on that I know like the back of my hand, I open the voice recorder on my phone and hit record while I sing along. When the song finishes, I turn the real music off, and play back the recording. It’s absolutely hilarious to hear that awful singer, singing over my impeccable vocals. I found myself in tears last time. If that guy only knew how bad he was! I think he thinks that in a past life, he could really sing.
In the midst of tears streaming down my face while I cracked up listening to my awful recording, two thoughts that immediately came to mind.
1) It’s SO much easier to check yourself than to listen to others check you. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge your own flaws. It doesn’t matter if it’s sports, study habits, occupational tendencies, parts of our character, or anything else. We can’t adjust or improve if we’re not willing to, examine our flaws or weaknesses.
2) Don’t take yourself too seriously. It’s ok to be flawed. Laugh at yourself. Laugh at what you were so convinced was true. It’s all good! If you need to adjust, adjust. If you need to simply let it go, let it go!
Make it a GREAT week!