This morning I woke up, ready to take on the world. Then, I got knocked down a peg. I saw a tweet from a new Twitter friend, Erica Allison, saying I should have been on some list. I saw a second tweet from Erica, telling someone else about my Kloutgate: The Battle Between Mean Girls and Influencers blog post.
First off, I was touched by the kindness of Erica's support. Apparently she thought I had been slighted in some way and came to my defense. Pretty darn sweet of her, especially considering Erica and I only really connected a week ago. So, off I went to scour some Twitter streams to see what list Erica was talking about. And, I eventually found it: 32 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Klout.
Now, I'm not gonna lie, after looking at the post, I felt bad that I wasn't included. My Klout post got great traffic and catapulted up to the seventh most read piece on my blog to date. I was pretty proud that it had done so well. But, apparently, I wasn't on the gal's radar who wrote the brilliant bloggers piece. Or, heck, maybe I was and she didn't think I was brilliant. Stranger things have happened.
I traded a few tweets with another new friend, Lisa Thorell, someone else who Erica said should have been on the list. I said to her, "we make our own success" and then I brushed off the hurt feelings. Onward and upward.
Life is full of ups and downs. Some days we're on top; other days we aren't. We decide how we feel. We decide how we act. We make our days happy or miserable. It's all on us.
So, as you go about your day today, do your best. Whatever it is you do, do it as well as you can. If someone notices, great. If not, that's fine, too.
Pride comes from within. And, as nice as it is to be acknowledged, having a sense of self and a feeling of fulfillment is really what it's about. We are frequently our own harshest critics, but shouldn't we also be our own biggest cheerleaders?
Now, seize the day and get out there and impress yourselves. I know you have it in you. And, so do I...
P.S. Congratulations to the talented Erica Allison for making the list and for all her support!