I’m writing from a big writer’s conference. It’s one of the highights of my year but can also be overwhelming. I hit a burnout point this evening. I knew it had come when I started talking to someone, thinking he was someone else and almost burst into tears when I discovered my mistake. It wouldn’t have been so bad if this weren’t someone I wanted to make a good impression on. Grrr!!!
Now that it’s over I see that I actually handled it better than I would have if I’d made the same mistake last year. Instead of escaping to my room and giving into the teary self-pity fest that I really felt I needed, I escaped to place that lifted me up. I hung out in place where I knew I might run into a friend. After talking to a couple of people about anything BUT what happened, I went back to my room and relaxed with my roommates. Okay, I did whine a little with them, but once I talked through my embarrassment and frustrations I got over it and the night ended on a positive note.
It’s always exciting to look at a tough moment in light of how I would have handled it in the past. It’s an opportunity to thank God for His work and for steps of growth.
What areas of growth have you seen in your life lately? Thank God for loving you enough to help you mature, even in the way you handle embarrassing moments.