Day 20 – Gratitude

Having been around musicians and other creative types for a very long time, I picked up on how there seemed to be a large amount of ego attached to some folks. Some of it was warranted, due to ability, but even then, it was rather off-putting. I made sure early on that I wasn’t going to be ‘one of those people’. Ego isn’t bad. It can be a motivator, and I understand that. I just saw so much of it that it made me feel awkward.

What I didn’t realize, is that my disdain for ego not only pushed myself into being humble, but did so to an extreme extent. Accepting compliments had always been difficult. “Cool”, or “Yeah, thanks”, were usually all you’d get from me. It wasn’t until a few years ago that it was pointed out that I should show a bit more gratitude. If someone makes the effort to compliment, then I should return the same care and gratitude in my response. No longer are “Cool”, and “Yeah, thanks” used, instead, it is more of “Thank you for the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the song.”, as an example.

Stuart Smalley