I was out of town for about five days. While I was in Osaka (a prefecture southwest of Tokyo), I went to a convenience store to grab a bite to eat. The lady at the counter looked at me and said, "Hey, are you on TV or something? I've seen you somewhere." I said, "Who, me?" And laughed it off without giving it any thought, quickly making for the door while bowing my thank you.
Later on when I told a friend what had transpired at the convenience store, he immediately scolded me for denying the lady a small sense of victory at having recognized me. "It's not even about you. She would have been so happy if you had said yes."
Ah. I still have a long way to go with this humility thing. I got so used to putting myself down that if anyone pointed out a good quality in me, I instinctively shot it down. I had to practice acknowledging compliments. It's a work in progress, and I have a long way to go.
Anyway, so a day or two later after a yoga class at an amazing hotel called Beniya Mukayu in the Kaga Onsen area (that right there is a long sentence opener), three ladies approached me and asked me if I'm the girl they saw singing on TV. This time I said yes! It's me! And they were elated. They told me that they recognized me by my smile. Wow. We had a most precious conversation, and went our separate ways.
There's really nothing wrong with being yourself. People connect to that.
I'm learning that as I continue to embrace the person I am. Yay. ♫