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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)

TITLE: Zippi-Dee-Doo-Dah!
By Joy Mounce


Is there a picture in your mind that just won’t fade? One that you had wished would; but, over the course of time, it remains alive. As time passes, though, so do some of the feelings you had. Feelings of embarrassment and sometimes even shame. I remember one such incident. It was a day that began just like any other. I was doing my, by now routine, duties, when all of a sudden there was interruption!

I had been with the company for several years at this point and had moved to a few different departments. The latest transition in my career took me to the warehouse as the warehouse manager’s secretary. We had three different departments of responsibility, and a fairly large warehouse. This day as I was walking through, there was some thin pipe (unistrut) across the floor that I didn’t see until it was too late! The toe of my shoe got under the pipe somehow and I began to stumble, halfway running and halfway stumbling. Boy, did I cover some ground in a hurry! Well, as most would do, when I finally came to a halt (amazingly without falling to the floor), I looked around to see if anyone was watching this episode. Of course, there was one spectator, who, when he saw me look, quickly turned his head to pretend he didn’t see. Too late, I knew he saw…so, to make it light and allow him to let the laughter out that I knew he was trying to hold back, I called his name and jokingly asked him what was so funny! Then he burst out with the held back laughter and I joined him with some of my own.

This incident changed my day. At first there were the normal feelings of embarrassment, but then as I began to laugh at myself, along with my co-worker, I began to lighten up. The rest of the day was much less stressful.

What could have ruined my day actually brightened it in the end. It didn’t have to be that way. I could have chosen to let the embarrassment of the moment make me hang my head for the rest of the day.

Don’t we sometimes take ourselves, and even life, too seriously? Wonder what would happen if we would just lighten up! I’m reminded of so many Scriptures here…but one really stands out…A merry heart does good like medicine…. Proverbs 17:22a

Next time you find yourself in a place of embarrassment, try to remember this and lighten up. It will do your heart good! And someone else’s too!

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Dee Yoder 07/27/07
You're so right about this advice! I was a new employee in the break room at lunch, and my sandwich got stuck in the vending machine. I felt all eyes on my back, watching to see how I'd react, so after I'd wrestled it free, I held it up and called out: "It's a girl!" Everyone cracked up and that was the start of many new friendships. Good story and great advice!
Janice Cartwright08/01/07
I was thinking a similar thought today. One of my relatives in-law has had an ubelievable rough time in her marriage but most of the time she is able to go on with a light heart. I've thought, "I would be dragging my tail, waiting for the next shoe to drop! And then I realized its because she doesn't allow the small things to get her down. She picks her battles and relies on God to win them. Great story, good advice.