My Desire is to be Recognized

Savouring that wonderful moment at a story's end

Here I am as I finish my forty-five minute presentation - Titanic - A Night to Remember, on the Eve of the Centenary, Friday 13th April 2012.
Here I am as I finish my forty-five minute presentation - Titanic - A Night to Remember, on the Eve of the Centenary, Friday 13th April 2012.

One of the most interesting, moving, and effective speakers in the world today

My desire is to be recognized, acknowledged and appreciated in my chosen role as one of the most interesting, moving, and effective speakers and teachers in the world today.

My heart felt desire

There! There! – I’ve put my heart felt desire out into ‘The Cloud’ for all to see. This I call, ‘Voluntary Vulnerability.’ These sorts of desires are something I think everyone who aspires to be acknowledged and accepted has to risk doing. You have to ‘bite the proverbial bullet.’ Risk the feedback.

A wonderful evening of fine dining and entertainment

Some of the 154 people who attended
Some of the 154 people who attended

Such a statement will arouse all sorts of reactions

Of course, such a statement will arouse all sorts of reactions in those who know you personally. You will not please a lot of people by saying what you really want. Some will scoff. Others will try to give you ‘good advice’ by telling you to ‘get real.’ Still others will say, “Who the hell is he or she to make such a statement?” Or “What’s so special about her?” Some few – and it could be a very few – will say, “That took courage.” Yes, “That took guts!”

Another view of some of the audience - great atmosphere

Three course meal, with plenty of time to socialize between speaking events - the way to go.
Three course meal, with plenty of time to socialize between speaking events - the way to go.

Is there anything wrong with this?

So I say it now. I’m not talking about some fictitous character here. This is me talking. This is my burning desire. This is my ambition. This is what has driven me for a long, long time. I was once told by an astrologer friend that I’m subject to a sort of obsession, and I have to admit this is so.

Is there anything wrong with this?

Our upbringing, or conditioning - certainly in the world I was brought up in - says, ‘Yes, there is a wrong with it.” Here is an egotistical fellow telling us something about himself which is not the accepted norm. People of our Anglo-Saxon culture are supposed to be private, reserved, to understate, to have a certain amount of humility. They’re not supposed to put their heart felt desire and feelings out there to be viewed by the world-at-large. This just isn’t done!

Certainly I am an effective speaker

One can only judge by audience's reactions and the verbal feedback one receives after the presentation, but this evening was especially rewarding.
One can only judge by audience's reactions and the verbal feedback one receives after the presentation, but this evening was especially rewarding.

Deep within everyone wants to be recognized and acknowledged

Yet we know deep within that nearly everyone wants to be recognized and acknowledge and appreciated – to be important! So why not be honest about it? Why not put it out there so that others read or hear what they’ve probably suspected anyway. He’s just like me. She’s the same as I am. They won’t laugh. Not really. For they will feel within themselves that the statements made apply to them just as well. We all of us want to be ‘someone.’

Well, we are!

It was all very grand and people dressed for the occassion

It was voluntary period dress and a good many turned out wearing 1912 priod garb
It was voluntary period dress and a good many turned out wearing 1912 priod garb

Every one of us is part of something much, much bigger than we realize

We are, everyone of us, a part of something so big, so grand, so overwhelmingly incomprehensibly marvelous, that we are in denial even to the possibility of that It could be a part of ourselves. We’re told we were created in the image of God but we don’t believe it.

Believe it! Believe it!

We are gods! Yes, every single one of us. We are gods! Yet we are covered up, buried beneath layer after layer of mental conditioning and, as was purportedly said by that master teacher, Jesus Christ. “We see through a glass but darkly.” The light of what we are is all but blocked out.

Who is seeing through that glass darkly? Who observes?

The emphasis has to be, “What is seeing through the glass.?” “Who is seeing through the glass?” We are. We are the Obervers. We are the Witnesses of our lives. We are the person within who consciously – as distinct from habitual reaction – makes the decisions concerning our life and how we will experience that life. So, if we want recognition, acknowledgement and appreciation we need to make the decisions which will bring these to us.

The Captain's Table. Yes, it was definitely 'silver service.'

It was all very grand; the decore, the ambience, the atmosphere - a truly wonderful evening.
It was all very grand; the decore, the ambience, the atmosphere - a truly wonderful evening.

We are all part of this greatness

Learning, even at the level of intellect, that we are part of this greatness, will give us the confidence to go for the greatness in our lives. Believing is good. Knowing far better. But with this little essay I can only ask for the former. Believe… Believe and act.

I hope that what is written here will help me achieve my ambitions. And I am hoping that you, too, will gain from this the motivation so you can achieve yours.

My desire is to be recognized. What about yours?

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ChitrangadaSharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

I admire people who are frank and forthright, who speak their mind. So it is obvious that I have liked your Hub immensely. Thanks for saying, what almost every one of us desire --recognition.


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Tusitala Tom 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia Author

Thank you ChitrangaSharan. May you, too, receive fair and just acknowledgement among the many who know you. It's always gratifying to receive a positive comment.

Thanks again.

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