Today is the first day of June. That means it’s the first day of #blogeverydayofjune which is now just #blogjune. As we embark on this blog month journey together, dear reader, I would like to take a moment to reflect on how far I have come in a year. Just as in the title of that classic 1934 standard “What a Diff’rence a Day Makes”, what a difference a year makes! Here’s a snippet from my post describing 1st June 2010…
Today was a God-awful day. For all kinds of reasons, many which cannot be listed here, I had a dreadful day. I faced bigotry, racism, stupidity, condescension, ignorance, pigheadedness…and, frankly, that was just the beginning! I ended up with such a knot of anger and hatred in the pit of my stomach that I felt sorry for anyone who was stupid or reckless enough to cross swords with me.
I can still feel the vitriol that was coursing through me that day.
Today was a far cry from that negativity. Today was abundant with moments of humour, respect, enjoyment, productivity, success, empathy, friendship, love, progress, joy.
I wore a new dress. I donned a happy attitude. I felt good. I could take on the world and win!
At this point in my life, particularly my professional life, I’m much more in control. I’m no longer searching for that thing that feeds me. I have found it.
Many years ago a colleague described me as a “go-getter” and I was actually mildly offended! One of my fellow students when I was doing my library studies said “You sure can work a room”. I never really tried to do any of those things – they just happened. It is part of who I am. I never thought of myself as a go-getter and I never thought I had ambition. I just thought I got on with the job and tried to make friends along the way. I know I can schmooze and flirt with the best of them. I make no apology for that. I am who I am.
So who am I?
I’m a librarian who loves to laugh and sing and dance. I try to bring this passion for life into my office everyday and leave the drudgery at the door. I have no place for it.
To borrow from a butchered Henry David Thoreau quote…
I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived…I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.
…or to take a biblical line from Ecclesiastes…
You who are young, be happy while you are young,
and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
So I face the month ahead with excitement and joy in the undiscovered possibilities and untapped potential for personal and professional growth and learning.
And now for the Musical Challenge! I actually sang this line to a colleague this morning.
If I kiss you where it’s sore will you feel better
Your job is to guess the song that these lyrics come from. There’ll be a new Musical Challenge in every post during #blogjune. More about the challenge here.