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  • Writer's pictureFarah Yasmeen Shaikh

Thank you, but...

Anyone else have a hard time accepting a compliment? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

I will always acknowledge the support and encouragement, and literal help, from others. However, in this moment, I am going to attempt to step into my golden light.

Recently, I sat back (quite literally as I actually sat in the audience) while my students and dance company performed in Sunehra Noor - A Golden Light. This was a big moment for me as I consciously took in the present moment, and all the work that I had put in leading up to it.

I am beyond proud of what became a reality to a vision I had held for almost 4 years. It gave me such joy to see our show come together, to receive the enthusiastic responses from those who witnessed it, and to now step back and enjoy the glow.

Crazy grateful for all who believed in my creative intentions, rolled up their sleeves, wore their Ghungroo, danced their hearts out, played their instruments, lended their creativity to the odds and ends that made all the difference in enhancing my vision, bought a ticketโ€ฆ the list could go on.

But why is it so hard for so many of us to take pride in what we've accomplished, not just to ourselves, but outwardly so. I often find myself offering an auto response of "thank you" when receiving a compliment or praise of any kind, but almost always following it up with, "and I could not have done this without the support of..." Of course the latter is rooted in humility and honesty, but what holds me back from just taking the praise, stepping into it, and being totally comfortable with owning that what was achieved was due to MY hard work, vision, etc.

Humility is a slippery slope. I'm learning to be continue to be grateful while also not shying away from acknowledging that it is okay to take credit where credit is due.

So yeah, all that said, (and this is harder than you think) -

Cheers to me!

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