“Because when I was young and I’d get an A on a history test.. or whatever.. I’d get this good feeling about all the things that great things I could be. And then I never became any of those things. ” Chris Gardner. Pursuit Of Happyness
It’s New Year’s Eve and today marks the last day of my years long blog and project to bring more happiness into my life as well as the other’s around me.
I shared a lot with those who followed me this year but theres one personal story that I have not shared that I find fitting to share now as we close the 2017 chapter and start a new one.
Because it not over. For me it’s just beginning.
It may sound insignificant to most but 15 years ago a teacher, practically a stranger said something to me that has stayed with me to this day.
I was away on a school retreat when I was a junior in high school. I was a good, not great student. Shy, quiet, with a core group of friends. Fairly undistinguished. I had no idea who I was and what I was going to me.
We were broken into a group called a “break out”. The purpose was the break out was to go around in a circle and everyone would say something nice about one person in the group. This would go on until everyone had the opportunity to be praised.
When it was my turn to be showered with compliments, I got the usual genetic words “friendly, funny, supportive”, but what took me by surprise was the words from the teacher/chaperone of the group.
He was my 10th Grade Global Studies teacher. We had never exchanged more than two words to each other that didn’t have to do with the Ottoman Empire or the spread of Judaism in whatever centrury it was.
What he said was , “I believe Bill is meant to do great things, even if we don’t know what they are yet.”
He nor I didn’t know it at the time. But that comment has stayed with me all this time. It has helped me get through some hard times and now more than ever I feel like I am poised and ready to make that step towards “great”.
Thank you Mr. Troy. “May the road rise up and meet you”.