When I was in high school, at the end of the year, buying yearbooks and having kids sign them was a really big deal….maybe it still is. It seemed to me that I was running around trying to get the popular girls and boys to sign it….as if their saying something nice would elevated me in status.
I recently opened a yearbook from 1969 and found this entry written to me, a 9th grader, “To the sweetest little gal all the luck and happiness in the world. AFA Pat”. I don’t remember ever reading this before.
I didn’t think that there was anything sweet about me….did not believe it when someone wrote a positive comment, so I never really took these in. I don’t remember much about Pat MacNeil but she looks like such a nice person…and isn’t, “the sweetest little gal”, such a nice thing to say?!
I wonder how my life would have been different if I had believed the good and remembered that? …if I had paused and really read this comment after she wrote it and handed me back my yearbook.
42 years later I am wondering what Pat MacNeil saw in me…I really like the thought of seeing myself differently…through the eyes of someone who obviously didn’t have any agenda but to say a kind word to a kid in school.
So thank you Pat. Starting today, I am going to open my arms and receive the good. I am going to pause, the next time I get a compliment, and really take it in, absorb it….appreciate seeing myself through the positive lens of another.