So many more weeks gone by..
It is hard…But don’t know what it is..
Anyway.. Time to stop cribbing and start appreciating!
Let’s appreciate little things in our lives to make Our Garden of Gratitude bloom.
When I was in school, I had this fear of standing up in front of a crowd and speaking up. Stage fear. Yes. I remember practicing for one of my assignments so well. I was confident about what I had to speak. I was trying to stay calm as the time to speak up my mind came nearer.
All was very good till the moment I to the front of the class. But just when I had to open my mouth to begin my presentation, I went blank. I felt so scared that I began to cry. The tears falling down my eyes made me more embarrassed.
My teacher, Ms R, tried to encourage me to begin but I could not. She asked me to go outside the class and take some more time to prepare. I did.
After about 10 minutes, I asked if I could come in and give my presentation. Before I started, Ms R told me to not look at my classmates but at the display board at the end of the classroom. I followed her advice. It worked!
Once I was done, she told me that I was great. She taught me that it was okay to have stage fear but it was not at all okay to not try and cry. She suggested to practice speaking in front of the mirror.
This happened 9 years ago… And I have followed Ms R’s advice till date. I still fear facing a crowd of people but I do give it a try. I may be shivering out of nervousness but you won’t hear it in my voice.
Thankyou, Ms R!
You gave that little girl a second chance.
You taught her to try.
You made her believe that she can do it.
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