When I first had the idea that I wanted to start giving talks, I decided to tell a few of my stories to some new acquaintances I met during dinner at the HOW Design Conference in Austin, Texas, to see how well they would go over. To my delight, my stories went over well. The group of us went to conference party after dinner, then later, out to a bar. I talked-up everyone I ran into, testing out my stories all night. I didn’t make it back to my hotel room until almost midnight. Standing in the bathroom, ready to brush my teeth, I thought to myself, Well, that went better than I expected—I must be cooler than I thought. I can do this! and smiled, full of new-found confidence.
Only then did I see the large, bright green piece of cilantro stuck in my teeth. I dug the offending greenery out into the sink in disbelief. I was mortified to think it had been there for over SIX HOURS!! How dare I get a big head! I couldn't possibly be as cool as I thought—of course not. Reality just slapped me in the mouth. Then I started laughing at myself. That'll teach me to get full of myself! I had the brilliant idea to take a mug shot of that damned piece of cilantro for posterity, and to share with you. I still giggle when I think of it.
Thanks for reading; catch ya later.
p.s. Your good juju today: Whenever you get too full of yourself, life may dish out a lovely little reminder for you to STAY HUMBLE. It would be less humiliating to just remind yourself, yes?
p.p.s. Be the person who would let me know I have cilantro in my teeth, would ya? Please?
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