As I read his notes I was struck by the disconnect. The thoughts I have about myself and the ones that he felt compelled to celebrate were at odds. This I think is a universal truth. Whether it's good or bad, our perception of ourselves is almost always different, in part at least, than what our friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors think of us. Take some of the reactions I had to my love bomb slips:
You inspired both of your sons to start committed gym schedules. Why did I sleep in today and miss the gym?
You have the talent of being able to interact peacefully and productively with difficult people. Why can't I have better relationships with_____?
You is kind, you is smart, and you is important. This makes me smile because I love the reference and then a little twinge because I know that I need this reminder every day.
People have religious experiences when eating your Christmas cookies. Ok, some perceptions are just basic facts that can't be debated.
You make a commitment to stay in close contact with your friends, whether it be a breakfast date or on the phone. When was the last time that I called...?
You started a blog which is cool. I can't believe how long it's been since I wrote anything.
You've got some mad ping pong skills. True, so true.
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