My sister, Melissa is a very passionate and talented dancer. Dedicated to excellence. There are times however, when her pursuit of excellence becomes the pursuit of perfection and harsh self-criticism ensues. Such was the case last Thursday when she finished the rehearsal of a solo by announcing to the empty auditorium, “That was awful.”
Out of the dark came a tiny, high-pitched squeal, “You did it, Miss Melissa! That was awesome! You are so beautiful! You are gonna be so great tomorrow!” Turning up the house lights revealed a 5 year old student named Victoria, bouncing in her seat while clapping her hands and grinning ear to ear. The expression on her face was one of sweet admiration. I turned to another teacher and said, “I need one of those.” She just laughed and replied, “We all do.” I nodded.
We all need “Victoria’s.”