• Jerry L. Burrell

Significant Brother


Day Zero of 2019 Writing Challenge


I wish I could remember the first time I got a standing ovation.


Don't get me wrong, it's not that we get them so much they all feel the same. It's more that I have been performing for so long that I really do wish I could remember what that first time felt like.


If we are fortunate enough to receive a standing ovation nowadays, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratefulness for my journey, my teammates, the client who hired us and the people who took the time and energy to stand as a sign that we connected with them, moved them, impressed them, maybe even inspired them. Or maybe they just have to pee and they are standing to make their way to the restroom.


My guess is that my feelings have evolved over the years. It is quite possible that the first time I received a standing ovation, gratefulness was just a small part of a combination of feelings… pride, satisfaction, redemption, significance.


I have decided to participate in another writing challenge. Each week day for the next 4 weeks, I will receive a prompt from the moderator of the challenge and write from that. I have chosen “significance” as the topic that I want to explore through my writing. More specifically, I hope to understand more about how my quest for significance has shaped me and how it shapes others.


Beginning this coming Monday - 2/11/19, for the daily entries in this writing challenge, I am going to test a new system of providing an introductory paragraph on Facebook and the entry in its entirety here in this blog.

I am not sure where this journey will take me and for any of you that choose to ride along, the door is always unlocked - you may come and go as you please.


Here's to creating the world I want to live in!

JLB Speaking at 2018 NBA Mascot Conference

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