I Think I May be a God

I THINK I MAY BE A GOD

BpI 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!

 

6 Responses to I Think I May be a God

  1. Rob Meister January 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    The word God is associated with an old man in the sky with a big gray beard…that he is now on earth, with a clean shave is plausible – I second the notion!!! :)

    Keep up the amazing work brother B!!!

    • Bernard January 30, 2013 at 4:58 am #

      Ron, I know you are also a God per the definition used in the blog – and your music and spirit helps to bring much joy and positiveness to all who watch and hear you perform. Bernard

  2. Dominique Bouyer January 29, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    Dear Bernard,
    once again, you got it all! There is so much truth in what you write! Thank you for letting me understand, what it is really about!

    Once again, you made my day! As I was reading your post I was thinking: I wish I could do that! It is so beautiful to acknowledge the rightness of a being. I can see that it IS what you are doing all the time and I admire you for that – and I guess many others too!

    We should make a daily contest called “find the greatness in any people you will see today”. Think about it, if the majority of people on earth would play that contest… I love the idea! :-)

    • Bernard January 30, 2013 at 4:55 am #

      Hello my friend, I always have fond memories of the time we first met, and I watched as you and your children were dancing playfully down the street. I love your idea about “Finding the greatness in people you see every day”. Hmmmm, let’s talk more about that, this could be something very fun and certainly very needed and wanted. With much appreciation and admiration.

  3. Ron Steele January 30, 2013 at 1:13 am #

    Funny intro with spot on content. I don’t know you but I’m happy to know of you. I’ve used the same technology of making people feel good and it does work. Any general posi
    tiveness changes lives.I plan to improve my interactions every day.

    • Bernard January 30, 2013 at 4:50 am #

      Hi Ron, I am glad we now have begun to know each other – one of my favorite quotes is “Attitudes are contagious – Is yours worth catching?” I am “positive” about that! With appreciation, Bernard

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