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Graceful Moon, Jan 8, 2023

As I headed toward an adventure in Story, Wyoming, the moon bid me farewell as it dipped behind the mountains. I admired how gracefully it left the sky and gave center stage to the rising sun. It gave me pause to consider the last time I gracefully stepped aside to let another person's light shine.

I admit, with openness, that I am an extrovert, getting caught up in wanting to be the hardest working, most talented, or most innovative person in the room. I am laughing as I write this because I am fully aware that this may never have been the reality, but I never let that stop me from desiring it to be true.

Shame on me for allowing myself to get so caught up in feeling this way that I let it hold me prisoner and sometimes steal my joy. The Center stage belongs to all of us, and I have never been more aware of this than now. I started in a new position a year ago, and I have never been more content in a job. The supervisor is a born leader, and I have been a sponge. Of course, I still want to be recognized for my accomplishments, but I also want to praise my team for theirs. I am a work in progress, but I am striving to be a better version of myself.

What about you? Are you an introvert or an extrovert? If you are an introvert and find it more comfortable to allow others' talents to be seen and not your own when was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and stepped up to the center stage? Remember that is just as important as stepping aside.

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