She Bounced; No One Noticed, Part III of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.
Part I: The child, under 2 years, was being carted (carried) by her 7-year old sister. They were quite a team.
When elder sister placed the youngster on the floor, the young child did what many young children do.
She placed her arms high into the air and raced off in the opposite direction. Then elder sister would pick the youngster up.
This was repeated multiple times. Up. Down. Run. Up. Down. Run.
Perhaps a parent was deaf.
Would this make a difference to others? Perhaps.
Perhaps the parent was hearing.
Would this make a difference to others? Perhaps not. …
Part II: When I saw she was quickly back into her good-to-go-run-walk after bouncing, my arms were extended forward, palms up (to catch her).
My posture was frozen as I bent down to help this young child.
She? Her pink sneakers had no dust on them.
She was back in full swing (swinging her arms), not the least bit uncomposed as she moved forward.
People saw me in the awkward posture and asked me if I was okay. I nodded and said, “She bounced, no one noticed – perhaps as it should be.”
The adults and teens near me all laughed.
The elder sister did not hear my words; the youngster’s parent did not hear my words.
Part III: The parent never did see the bouncing of this little daughter who then had only a red mark on her forehead as evidence.
I watched the family members depart the area.
After work that day, I continued to think about the bounce.
I wondered what parts of our day have events wherein we bounce and no one notices – perhaps as it should be.
We then have the option to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and move forward similar to this child under two.
Do we take a moment to readjust? Do we wobble?
Or do we have a moment with setback?
Our answers may vary on the day, event, and our world as we see it at that moment.
Yet the cool part about this bounce-ability may be the fact that no one will notice when you bounce.
When no one appeared to notice the child’s bounce, I looked around, a full 360 degrees, to see if anyone had seen what I had seen.
Trust me; I did. Nope.
No one else saw the Olympian bounce.
And she was so good with her bounce-ability. Experienced, in fact.
Are we experienced with our bounce-ability?
My question to you is: What happens when you bounce and no one notices?
If no one were to notice you when you bounced, would you dust yourself off and move forward – with or without a wobble – or would you evaluate, thinking a lot (I’m talking over-thinking here about the bounce before moving on)?
Are we more detached at work when bouncing? Maybe.
As court reporters, keepers of the record, we are trained to be detached and to accurately document.
Detached when not working?
Many of us not so much.
Do we take bounce-lessons and then learn?
Even on a good day, could we?
What would we do if we focused on this bounce as an opportunity?
Court reporting students, CART providers, broadcast captioners, court reporters, and instructors make decisions like this each day.
Many of us make the decision to react or not to react to a “bounce” each minute during dictation and work.
Yet the defining moment might truly be when you notice the possibility or when the actual “bounce” occurs.
The knowing may make all the difference.
The child was not at all surprised she bounced – perhaps as it should be. Not at all.
With the New Year I invite you to view the possibility of having bounces that no one notices, then clearly moving forward with focused direction and focused intent.
This New Year I ask you three questions.
Would it make a difference to you if the parent was deaf or hearing?
What would happen to you if you bounced and no one noticed?
Do you have bounce-ability?
You did when you were younger. Yes, you truly did.
Perhaps you want to rebuild that skill – with joy and ease.
Happy New Year to you and to your family.
Monette Benoit may be reached for tutoring and coaching: Monette@ARTCS.com and Monette@CRRbooks.com
Part I of III is posted January 4, 2012, on Monette’s Musings at www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
Part II of III is posted January 17, 2012, on Monette’s Musings at www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
Part III of III is posted January 27, 2012, on Monette’s Musings at www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
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