1: The Crowd Cheers (My first prompt ... and my last, too, haha):
You walk outside and there's a crowd of people standing there, cheering your name. As you stare at them, they cheer louder and more people join in. What are they cheering for?
… one last look in the mirror of the elevator, check lipstick and sigh at the little wrinkles between my eyebrows and going down from the sides of my mouth to my chin. Seems since I recently turned 60 the wrinkles have become more visible – or am I just more aware of them?!? Did I never quite see them before? Oh, well, just keep treating my face lovingly with the recently purchased “healthy” cosmetics and not think about it too much!
The elevator reaches the ground floor and I prepare to go outside, enjoying the sun during my lunch hour, even though it’s a cold day. Huh? Why are there so many people crowded before the entrance of the building? Will I be able to push through this crowd to get to my regular sushi joint?
What are all these folks doing there in the middle of the day, stopping pedestrian traffic? They are chanting?!? What are they calling?
Beata, Beata, Beata – oh my goodness, why in the world are they chanting my name, cheering ME? Me of all people, but I am just a normal, happy person?
Stepping outside I see banners – noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, I seem to have won some kind of award for the work I have been doing for my artist friends in Nepal and my preschool there. This is in-cre-dible! An official recognition of the work I have done for “modern art & modern life of Nepal”?!? For having created the Facebook page for the NepalNow Project and the blog www.theartofencouraging.com, and for all the money I put into the preschool?!?
A warm glow begins to build inside of me, I let the cheers envelop me and let them wash through me – aaaaaaaaaaaah, this DOES feel kind of nice. With tears in my eyes and a simultaneous big smile on my face I begin to thank the people around me and hug those I know … no more thoughts of grabbing my sushi, this is the moment to share the joy with all the people who have made the effort to come and surprise me in such a wonderful way …
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Beata, all-round encourager:: of art and artists of Nepal, of a preschool in Kathmandu, of the great work of encouragement based on Adlerian psychology and the Theo Schoenaker's concept!