Columnist Jenny McCarthy discusses how to work past embarrassment
How do you get past embarrassing moments? I just had a big one happen to me and I’m too embarrassed to even say it.
— Louise from Chicago
Jenny says: Well Louise, we can all relate to having embarrassing moments! I’ve shoved my foot so far in my mouth so many times that I guarantee there is a foot growing out of my butt.
The funny thing about embarrassing moments is that they seem to be timed with when you are feeling your cockiest. I’m guilty of thinking to myself, “I look gooooooood in this dress,” and then tumbling down a flight of stairs in front of 30 paparazzi. I have come to realize (in my old age of 40) that if life lessons had college course names, this one would be called Humility 101.
It’s one thing to feel confident, but when you think you are the king of the world the universe will quickly show you that you are a mere servant who struggles like everyone else.
Now, some people can say they weren’t feeling cocky and yet something really embarrassing still happened to them. Then, I would say, there is still a lesson in it. Any time your ego takes a blow, it’s time to examine what you are doing wrong and what you are doing right and then make adjustments.
After my embarrassing moments I usually have a conversation with myself that starts with, “you stupid idiot” and then I replay the action over and over until the pain subsides and I figure out what I did wrong.
However, if your embarrassing moment has anything to do with having a booger in your nose, sorry, I can’t help you. That’s just downright embarrassing.
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