As also happens, we hit our stumbling blocks as well and lamented them to each other – including that we want to work on keeping in better contact with each other. I know this is a universal concept – wanting to be better and sometimes berating ourselves for not meeting our own expectations. It is part of the reason I named my blog We Are Where Are, When We Are. Someone said that to me long ago, and it works for me to accept myself (and others, though I’m not perfect about it) where we are in any given moment. I believe we all strive to do our best, so when we stumble, I figure it’s where we are in that moment. No regrets.
As many of you know, I am a Girl Scout leader and volunteer. Girl Scouts is a passion of mine and to that end, I took a temporary gig with them during cookie season. I was a cookie cupboard manager. (That’s where leaders can go to get extra cookies for cookie booth sales.)
Cookie parents are usually very busy and want to get their cookies and be on their way as quickly as possible. As you can imagine, cookie orders are very detailed. So when we pick an order, we have to make sure we recount the cases and/or boxes with the volunteer. It takes time to do that, but it pretty much insures they leave with the order they placed. Once in a while, I would have a pre-picked order and missed counted an amount. When that happened, I just reiterated that’s why we count together and state “because I am very good at being very human.”
Now, don’t get me wrong. I did very well in the cookie cupboard and made lots of friends there. In fact, (brag alert!) one of the leaders even sent a note to my supervisor telling all the wonderful things I had done for her. I had shared some ideas that helped her daughter achieve award winning sales. I did it because “I am very good a being very human”. We need each other, so we help each other. That’s a great human trait!
So, I started incorporating that phrase into all areas of my life after my experience with the cookie cupboard. I think sometimes we are too hard on ourselves for very human foibles. I am a perfectionist (in recovery –ha!). I get it. However, I am also an optimist, so I try to see things on the bright side.
Let’s revel in our humanity and be very good at it. There’s a lot to celebrate in being very good at being very human. Let’s give ourselves a pat on the back when we do well and a break when we mess up.
Please, adopt this phrase into your lexicon. I would be very honored if you would.
How are you very good at being very human? Please share your thoughts in the comment section.