Learning About Myself


Yesterday’s Perfect Moment is a subtle one for me and required a bit of thinking.

I was in an ESL seminar yesterday. It was a small group owing to various shifts are school works on.  I knew all the people, but most of are interactions are social and lack any depth.  This was the first time that I had to put my ESL knowledge on display for them.

My work used to be more like that, but lately, it seems less so. Maybe it  has been more of a been there, done that kind of mood.  Most of the people I talk to on a daily basis do not need any pointers (though in truth, everyone could do a refresher–thankfully, these monthly seminars are designed to do just that).

I have been doing this a long time, and I have done almost as many further qualifications as one can do. I was among the most experienced people in the room, and definitely the most experienced at my table.  So, there I was, taking charge.  I opened my mouth and it was clear that I knew what I was talking about.  More interesting, I could command an audience.  I wouldn’t say people were hanging on every word I said.  It is ESL after all.

It was good to feel empowered. It was good to feel recognized.  It was good to show what I could do.  Too often I am leery of being a braggart or looking too cocky.  I hate to see it in others, and I worry that I am displaying that.

Now, some of my newer colleagues probably see me in a different light. I only hope now they won’t have a lot of questions for me.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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2 Responses to Learning About Myself

  1. Heide says:

    I can’t imagine your coming across as cocky or a braggart, Anthony. You earned those qualifications and your knowledge, so why not share them? 🙂

  2. leggypeggy says:

    Being a braggart and displaying your intelligence in a professional setting are two entirely different things. Go for it.

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