Those of you, who are my close friends, know I haven't always handled the praise very well. Although a great friend once gave me a thorough verbal beating, when she witnessed me not accepting a compliment at a previous Bridge Day. It was after Saturdays jumps, and well into the evening, when Ross, who was slightly intoxicated tried to give me a compliment for my jump that day. I brushed it off as nothing, and told him that I was nobody, just another jumper, like all the rest of the jumpers here, including him. The more he tried to praise my jump, the more I pushed back. He left and that's when she FULL ON gave it to me!! HAHA! I can't post all of her words here, but what she did say, really hit the mark! Now, whenever I receive any kind of praise, I can still hear her words, and her advice. Which in part was "Shut up,....smile, and say THANK YOU,......I really love what I do"
One of the best pieces of advice I've had, and I don't think anyone else could have said it in a better way than she did that night. Thank you Dev!