Resting on Laurels…, Part II of III

Resting on Laurels…, Part II of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.

Part II:

A reporter, who is a leader and has assisted officials to realtime in courtrooms, is reaching for advanced NCRA, National Court Reporter Association, certification. The professional contacted me. Thus, I replied as requested.

The leader, court reporter’s, reply to my genteel inquiry?

“Yeah, right, as if you really care.”

I wrote back, “I care. I really care.”

The official, “I’m doing the best I can. I’ll just go and wing it.”

I responded, “Ah, the spirit of a person working full-time, seeking to advance skills. Never again will I open your e-mails while eating. I laughed so hard I almost spit on my computer.”

Then he added, “And I better not read about this in your JCR (Journal of Court Reporting) column!”

I waited to reply, “If I were to quote this I promise not to ‘out’ you.”

Immediately, he responded, “Deal! Okay. Then you may.”

When we continue to hear that every moment, every stroke, every brief (or not-to-brief) form counts in our world, we may feel the wind around us.

How does this relate here?

One can turn to prayer, exercise, meditation, work.

Perhaps one may sleep more – or burn midnight oil to catch up.

Why reference laurels?

When I completed the CSR, NCRA RPR, RMR, RDR Written Knowledge Test Court Reporter Reference Textbook, I was teaching full-time with a 225 wpm (words per minute) homeroom. (I was also working to finish my B.B.A. degree.)

When I finished that first textbook, I swore that I would “never, never, ever do this again. Never.”

I used words “that almost killed me … doing ‘that’ and working full-time and finishing ‘that’ degree.”

When the new work product (the first textbook printing) was delivered, I put the textbook on the counter.

I had so many hours of work (and sweat) into this book that I wanted to remember (people reminded me to “celebrate”) this moment.

Mid-afternoon, before anyone arrive home, I called my cat, placed an open can of tuna fish on the floor, and poured myself a glass of wine.

Then my parents phoned.

I shared that the text was finished, and my (then) mantra, “I will never do this again.”

My father, educator, psychologist, social worker, master of adult education, said, “Of course you will! You can’t rest on your laurels! You need to immediately begin on a workbook. This will be expected from you!”

In dramatic pose, wearing work clothes, high heels, and holding my glass of wine, I almost fell to the floor.

Voice pitched, I stammered, “Laurels? Laurels!? Where can I find me a laurel? I really want a laurel — now. Put Mom on.”

Mr. Emmett, as he is known in the court reporting industry, discussed advancing one’s skills and not resting as “people will expect you to continue …”

I discussed the laurel as in a sweet bay leaf or mountain laurel tree.

How does this relate?

As I tutor and coach listening to individual’s innermost thoughts and actions, I may share the “you can’t rest on your laurels” metaphor.

Sometimes it receives the same reaction I tossed overhand into the universe.

Yet often, the person listening says, “Oh, right …”

Then we design new, customized goals.

Speaking with my accountant yesterday, he said, “Some agencies swallow an elephant and strain the gnat.”

His point? “Get over it, Monette. Keep going.”

Later, I listened to a fraught (their word) person share emotional news; I listened with full heart and silently pondered that laurel and rest. Silent rest without phones, computers, without texting or IMs, long sentences, multiple words. Rest.

Later, I drove to the ranchers’ feed store.

I refer to the feed store as “my people” right now. Their history, knowledge, and strong spirit is refreshing and comforting.

The man at the register looked troubled; I asked if he was okay.

He replied, “Yes, but at the end of the day I’m a tired pup.”

I asked what he does to rest; he perked up, “I sit on the porch swing with a cold, long neck beer, and my beer!” Then he beamed.

Part I of III is posted July 2, 2014, Monette’s Musings, and

Part II of III is posted July 18, 2014, Monette’s Musings, and

Part III of III is posted July 28, 2014, Monette’s Musings, and

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