Day 31: Civility at Work…

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Throughout the day, I have what I lovingly call “Kelly Moments”. For example, I will be making lunch in the clubhouse. Suddenly, Miss Independent will come on the radio and I will start lip-syncing for my life. Yesterday, I attended an executive session titled “Civility at Work”. While these sessions are confidential, and I cannot discuss any major details, I will disclose my “Kelly Moment”.

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger” appeared on the overhead projector. Immediately, I thought of Kelly Clarkson and the anthem of this challenge (and my life for that matter) Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You). It just so happened that our vice president of human resources, who was facilitating the presentation, pointed out that the quote was attributed to Friedrich Nietzsche.

She further explained to the group that she had always thought Kelly Clarkson came up with the quote. “Kelly Moment”. I felt the joy rise up through my arm, which I lifted into the air in sort of a raised fist, and uncontrollably shouted “Yes!”. I am fairly confident that I had an out of body experience. I looked around the room, as the room looked back at me. I was met with smiles from those who understand my affinity for Kelly, and perplexed head tilts from the rest of my colleagues.

And even though I failed to maintain “civility” at a civility workshop, I carried that moment with me the rest of my day. I have included the music video for Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You), because why not. Enjoy! And as I always say: “Don’t be an asshole!”

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