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15 December 2007 @ 08:42 am
An update to the terrifying public speaking thing below...  
First of all, I wanted to thank all of you for your good thoughts and encouraging words in my last post. :)

I showed up in Kauai with BIG boss' script in hand, with knots in my stomach, ready to give it my best shot. When I walked through the doors of the branch, I nearly fainted when I caught sight of BIG boss standing there! He actually showed up to speak! I was SOOOO thankful that I almost hugged him when I saw him!

Even though I didn't have to do the speech, I most likely will have to do it for him in early January - which I don't mind too much because it at least gives me a little time to prepare. :) Thank you all for your words of encouragement and good thoughts - and for anyone out there who had "please don't let Sheri have to speak" thoughts out there for me - an EXTRA big thank you goes out to you - because it worked! :)

I still needed to stay overnight in Kauai since I wasn't able to make the last flight home, but I was thankful that I didn't have to speak on such sort notice!! :)

Deaf Santa

On a completely different note, last week I also took part in Deaf Santa at our local mall - which is an annual program set up for deaf students on the island. Deaf children from all over the island come to the mall and participate and watch programs performed in ASL, eat a lunch provided by the students of KCC, and, of course have their one on one time and have their picture taken with a signing Santa. :)

I helped to give the children who just saw Santa goodie bags. It was so much fun... I'm so glad that I went. :) After giving them the bags, I'd ask them all what they got and they were all so adorable and it was so nice to be able to interact with them. :)

When I left and went back to work, I was immediately approached by my co-worker asking me to call my reps for their projected budget numbers for the month because BIG boss wants to hit his goal for year end... I just thought, at that moment, how everything I do in my job (as thankful as I am for it) seems rather unimportant.

Whether we make our numbers or not, whether the program hits budget or not seemed relatively unimportant compared to the little girl whose face lit up when she found out I could sign and who hugged me good-bye when she left. Don't get me wrong, I know I have a wonderful job and I'm extremely thankful for it, but it was at that moment that I suddenly realized how unimportant my job is in the grand scheme of things...

In any case, thank you all so much again for your positive thoughts the other day - even though I didn't have to speak, your encouraging words helped a lot to calm me down in those hours when I really did think I had to! Big HUGS to you all!!
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waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on December 15th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, I'm thankful too that you didn't have to go in there almost cold and speak! But I'll be on your side when you do get up there in January to do it - you'll be ready by then.

I understand what you mean about the relative importance of things. I'm interested and engaged in the changes happening at work, and my small part in making them happen, but today I spent time with a dying woman and felt glad to be there - even though it's my day off.
Sheri: Sheri - fingerspellingshutterbug93 on December 16th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Very true, though I do think you help others tremendously in your job! But I can understand how that doesn't compare to what you do in your time away from work.

I just wish that this kind of interaction could BE my job. *SIGH*

Edited at 2007-12-16 09:09 pm (UTC)
waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on December 16th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm a chaplain so spending time with the dying woman was my work; I just went in on my day off to be with her. My job is very varied, which I like, but with two jobs, I just wish I had more time!
ajayne on December 15th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
What a relief!! :) That's wonderful I am so happy that you didn't have to speak. *HUGS*

The deaf santa program sounds like an amazing thing to be a part of.
Sheri: iSign - not wellshutterbug93 on December 16th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks - it was an amazing experience!
karmastyxkarmastyx on December 16th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
At my job I see kids faces all day. I could see how seeing her face light up would be a great feeling. HUGS!
Sheri: Sheri - fingerspellingshutterbug93 on December 16th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
It was the most wonderful thing! When she found out that I could sign, her face just lit up - I can't even discribe what a wonderful moment that was! :)
UnderWorldFayunderworldfairy on December 16th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
yay for not having to be tossed into a speach without time to prepare!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 16th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for all your encouraging words the other day!! Thank goodness I didn't have to speak!! :D
Care: smile by mecareleswhisper on December 16th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Even though I'm sure you would have done well, what a relief for you that you didn't have to give that speech after all.

As for being with the children, I could see how you could feel the way you do about your current job. It's easy to feel that way about any kind of job when such a small and simple thing can make a child happy. *hug* I'm glad those children have people like you to care about them. What a sweet thing to do. :)
Sheri: iSign - not wellshutterbug93 on December 16th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for all your encouagement the other day, Carrie! I really was terrified about it all! :P Thank goodness BIG boss showed up! :)

I've been re-evaluating my priorities recently and trying even harder now to enter UNC and get my BA from them... I just couldn't see - the other day - how making our numbers would positively impact anyone. That one hour I spent at Deaf Santa made me feel like the things I do in my job don't matter at all...


Thanks for your sweet comment, Carrie! Big HUGS to you!!
Sabine: Micki Kaisergartensabine10 on December 16th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
I understand your relief although I think that you had done well. I'm glad to hear that you will have some time to prepare for the next time.

The Deaf Santa program sounds like an amazing thing to do and I'm glad that you had so wonderful moments there - they open our hearts for things which seem to be little but which are not at all little things. Hope that does not sound too twisted or so.

Love and big hugs to you, Sheri!
Sheri: iSign - not wellshutterbug93 on December 17th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
I was SOOO glad to see BIG boss, I almost hugged him! ;) And next time I will definitely have more time to prepare, so it won't be half as bad! :)

Deaf Santa was amazing!! Just getting to interact with the children was absolutely wonderful!! :) I wish I could something as meaningful as that for a living...

Thanks so much for everything, Sabine!! Big HUGS and much love to you!! :)