Keep on shining?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? When you do things wrong and open yourself up to criticism, even perhaps a rebuke, how do you react? Do you scurry for the safety of self-denigration, or, even worse, look for blame elsewhere? Do you lose our luster when things go bad?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.

When I worked as a young editor at a publishing company decades ago I had the experience of working with an older gentleman, Charlie, now long since gone to be with the Lord, who had one of the most amazing personalities I’ve ever known. He was kind, a very gentle spirit. He was also quite clumsy at times. I remember a Christmas party one year and all of the employees had gathered in the cafeteria around a bowl of punch to celebrate. Charlie was there as well standing next to the punch, glass in hand, chatting with coworkers when someone asked him if he would pour a cup of punch for her. Always quick to accommodate, Charlie smiled and agreed to do the favor. He did, unfortunately, turn a bit too quickly and his elbow knocked the bowl over and there was Christmas punch everywhere. If that had been me I would ha