Remember those Christmas newsletters that some people send?
“…Blaine completed his double major at Harvard and graduated summa cum laude, after spending his last semester drilling drinking water wells in a remote Andean village. Kaitlin just finished her dual doctoral degrees in biomedical engineering and nuclear physics and has landed a lucrative position at Biotech Fusion Industries. My husband Drake has been promoted to First Czar of Initech, after leading the executive team on an Outward Bound trip to the Himalayas. I have finally completed my antique tea cup collection, having excavated the tea cup used by Dolly Madison while she was sewing the first American flag, at a recent archeological dig in colonial New England…”
Yeah. THAT kind of bragging. There’s nothing wrong with it, but most of us don’t enjoy reading that kind of over the top newsletter, except possibly to make fun of it. (I admit it – I do enjoy mocking them.)
Yet, in life, we have many proud moments of large and small accomplishments, and it feels good to share the happy glow that we get from setting a goal, working hard, and meeting our goal. Often our accomplishments are not “Christmas newsletter worthy” though, which is why long ago I started writing only satirical news in my Christmas newsletters, and saving my everyday but real news for those who might actually be interested. (The newsletters later became the basis for the satire in this blog.)
Then there’s the small stuff. I lowered my cholesterol! I cleaned out the closet! I’m excited about these small accomplishments, but let’s face it, they’re not newsworthy to others. In our electronic world, we can share the minutia of our lives seconds after events occur, possible delving into the TMI area if we’re not careful.
Still, it is important to celebrate. What are your recent accomplishments, big or small? How do you share and keep that happy glow that comes after a goal well-met?
(Reading the accomplishments of bloggers Kelly and Lisa inspired me to write this post . Congratulations to them both for meeting their big goals! )
© Huffygirl 2011