The Office CheerleaderMy wish is that I had tons of real life experiences to write about wearing skirts and dresses, having my hair permed and growing up with feminine self outside and not inside. Well, I don't.
I try to distinguish what really happened from my fantasy and wish list. Well, this one is a bit different but really happened last month. If nothing else I hope this story will make you laugh, or at least grin.
I was writing to a good friend here at EP in mid-December describing what I do with my job. Here's exactly what I wrote her:
"I really try to be a positive person all the time- I like being the cheerleader. Right now, I'm referring to at work with colleagues and at home with my kids. I try to inspire people to be their best and push beyond their comfort zone."
Two days later we had our firm's Christmas party. Here's the email I sent to everyone at the company the next morning (the conversation I refer to really happened):
What an evening last night!
A tremendous turnout from the past and present, including retired and departed partners, admin personnel, and others from our past, but most of all---
You. Yes, our current team- secretaries, admin, couriers, assistants, partners - everyone!
One of a retired partners from years ago mentioned to me last evening all of the positive things that he sees and hears about the firm. I couldn't have been more pleased. He then looked at me and said I was doing a great job as the cheerleader. It was a very nice but somewhat different compliment. Cheerleader? Really?
Then I thought about it more and realized he was absolutely right - that's what I try to do, not necessarily successfully. And I love doing just that.
Who wouldn't? I'm cheering for the best team out there- a team comprised of each and every one of you.
Happy Holidays to all of the team members!
I received a number of responses from folks. More than a few mentioned that they couldn't envision me in a cheerleader skirt with pom poms.
If they only knew....