I THINK I MAY BE A GOD
I have recently returned to a place I had not been to for several years, it is located in the Caribbean. Many of the people I knew from my previous trips were still there, and at least 10 people when they first saw me said with a warm greeting, “OH MY GOD, IT’S YOU!” This is also true when I meet people in other locations who I have not seen in several years. They don’t say, “Hey Bernard, how are you doing, where have you been?” or something similar; it is so often, “OH MY GOD”.
Well, I am beginning to believe I may be a God as it aligns to the following definition of God – an adored, admired, or influential person.
All right, this is SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION!
I believe we all have those areas where we are, can be or should be adored, admired and have influence, and feel proud to do some shameless self-promotion. I was thinking what is it that I do that people respond to so positively, then I recalled what an executive from the former Compaq Computers told me several years ago. I was editor in chief of CONVERGE, a magazine on education and instructional technology; my work included meeting many people at conferences, seminars, consultations and other magazine related activities.
Diana who was an executive at Compaq paid me a wonderful compliment. She said, “I have seen you at many conferences and seminars, and every one who knows you loves you. I was trying to figure out what you do that people respond to so strongly and I finally figured it out. People always feel better about themselves after leaving you!”
Needless to say that made a very strong impression on me, and I wondered what is it that I do that people respond to me in that way. I think I figured it out. I am always focusing on what is good and right about the people i am with, i.e., I am always searching for what I can honestly admire about the person, and I let them know what that is.
When I was in college I first majored in psychology and took a class in Abnormal Psychology. I found myself constantly questioning the motives behind the actions of others, and I did not like it. I was always looking for what was wrong with them, I realized this was NOT how I wanted to live my life. I found it was so much better concentrating on what was good and right about others, and I left the study of psychology, and majored in education.
What is it that you do that would cause others to say you are an adored, admired, or influential person – you are a God?
I would love to hear, or should I say, read from you, about what you would say that might be considered shameless self-promotion.
Let’s start a movement, an Ok for all of us to do some shameless self-promotion movement!