Have you ever been in the spotlight whether by choice or just because of circumstances? Let me give you a few examples of being in the spotlight:
- You run naked down Main Street
- You give birth to multiples (a large number of children at the same time)
- Your spouse passes away
- You graduate from high school, college or a technical school
- You have a big piece of food stuck between your two front teeth
- You get pulled over by the police on the highway for speeding
- It’s your birthday
- You become ill
- You come out of the bathroom with your pants unzipped or toilet paper stuck on your shoe
- You are elected to a high government office
- You are laid off from your job
- You give a speech
- You win the lottery
In all of those instances you become the center of attention and the spotlight is on you. How you handle your moment of fame has a whole lot to do with your personality. Let me tell you how I would handle a few of the above situations and then compare it with how you would handle the same situation.
I Run Naked Down Main Street
NOT HAPPENING PEOPLE! Seriously! If it took me almost three years to finally put my FACE on my blog, do you really think I’m going to strip down to the BARE FLESH and run down MAIN STREET? Uh…no. I think I would probably die a million deaths if I had to be publicly naked.
I Have A Big Piece Of Food Stuck Between My Two Front Teeth
When you share a meal with me and I get something stuck in my teeth, you better tell me! I mean really, WHAT are friends for anyway. Besides, I do find this embarrassing even though it happens to all of us now and again.
It’s My Birthday
Now we are talking! My birthday is a NATIONAL HOLIDAY that just hasn’t been founded yet! Lavish me with “Happy Birthday” wishes because I love it! Send me chocolates, take me to dinner or fly me to the top of a snowy mountain and I will be totally thrilled with all the attention! I think we have my mother to thank for this aspect of my personality. Right Mom? Oh, by the way, you should put my birthday in your calendar – January 17th. Thank you! LOL
I Come Out Of The Bathroom With My Pants Unzipped
This is always so embarrassing to me! I had a pair of black pants that always came unzipped all by themselves. I would be walking around the hallways of work totally oblivious! Thank goodness I either tuck in long shirts or wear a long shirt outside of my pants, so no one has ever witnessed this mishap. It bothered me so much that it kept happening, so I got rid of the pants. Yeah, I don’t want the spotlight on my undies shining through unzipped pants.
I Give A Speech
Actually, I have given speeches in one form or another in front of large audiences. It is rather invigorating to speak about a topic that I’m passionate about and I enjoy watching the faces in the audience as my message is conveyed. I get the initial butterflies, but within seconds they are gone. This kind of spotlight situation is fun and always has a growth potential!
I enjoy lavishing the spotlight on people I care about because it makes me feel happy to give a part of myself, talent or efforts to add a bit of happiness to their life.
I knew my mom would read the Easter post yesterday before I visited her, so I didn’t say that the dog, along with the same egg designs were in an Easter bag for her. When I saw Mom today and she sat down to go through her goodies, the look on Mom’s face was priceless as she pulled out the dog. Mom looked totally shocked and quite cute.
Giving people spotlight moments really makes my life worth living. Those interactions of caring interspersed between the mundane tasks has helped me to become an unselfish, compassionate person. I like that part of me.
How do you handle moments in the spotlight? Tell me in the comments!!!
You know, I was just thinking…If I ran naked down Main Street, I bet my blog traffic would increase. I’m seriously LAUGHING OUT LOUD! Nooooooo, it is NOT happening people!