Pat yourself on the back

It’s January, the month when everything that fell under the soft, twinkly haze of the holidays is cast in the glaring light of the New Year, and acting all prickly. I’ve spoken with more than a handful of friends who are having a tough week, mostly regarding work, specifically, so I think it’s time to unveil Charlie’s latest invention: The back-patting machine.

Maybe what we all need no matter our career lot is a little encouragement right now, so here goes… You’re awesome.  Don’t waste any more energy doubting yourself. Whatever it is, it doesn’t define you. Listen, learn and do your thing. Be you. Get some rest. Take good care of yourself. Because you’re darn good at providing care, and only the best will do for you. Have some fun today. Fun is good for you. You are good. So good. Everything is going to fall into place. You can do it, no matter what “it” is. You got it goin’ on. Love yourself. I love you. You’re awesome.

Now go ahead and pat yourself on the back, you magnificent thing, you.

This is a Boy Scout (note the neckerchief) wearing a helmet with a robotic arm, the sole purpose of which is to pat your back. Well done!

This is a Boy Scout (note the neckerchief) wearing a helmet with a robotic arm, the sole purpose of which is to pat your back. I say well done! (pencil sketch by Charlie.)

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8 thoughts on “Pat yourself on the back

  1. Charlie, you are a genius inventor and should receive your Eagle by the time you finish Tiger Cubs. You have a wonderfully creative and loving Mom who could well be your muse, maybe even your avatar. Way to go! As for me, I will simply point out that seize is another of those too-many words that break the i before e except after c rule.

  2. I love this. 🙂

  3. Yes, exactly what the world needs!

  4. I ❤️ this!! I was volunteering in Elle’s kindergarten class recently and at the end of the day her teacher announced to all of the kids, ” you have done a great job today. Pat yourselves on the back.” To which all of the children simultaneously padded themselves on the back and said, “I’m good stuff”. Then, they turn to their neighbor and patted their neighbor on the back and said, “You’re good stuff.” Emily, YOU are good stuff! Thank you for posting your awesome blogs! I always enjoy reading them.

  5. Thanks Charlie.. you are as awesome as your mom, no doubt about it.

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