This week, I won my first trophy. Sure, I’ve won awards or certificates before, but never a trophy.

It wasn’t for anything that I’ve studied, or trained toward either: it was for the costume I wore to the work christmas party. If you know my track record of apathy when it comes to fancy dress, you’ll be as surprised as I was that I made the effort. I’m not sure what led to the changes, but I’m feeling that they’re positive ones.

Even so, I found myself feeling disproportionately happy about the while thing. I think I understand a little more of why people play so hard to win trophies. It’s made me realise afresh the importance of recognizing hard work when I see it, and giving the appropriate encouragement to people.

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