I hear it nearly every week. And every week, it brings out the same feelings in me.

The music was GREAT today!

There was a time in my life that such a compliment would absolutely make my day. And why not? A very nice person has made the effort to walk up to me and validate the thing I care most about. In many cases, that person has made a special point to search me out and tell me how much the music moved them. I should be over the moon, right?

But for the longest time, something about that comment¬†made me uncomfortable. I’d smile and say, “Thank you,” but inside, I just wanted to hide. It didn’t make sense. I mean, why should something so wonderful cause me such heartache?

Finally it dawned on me.

When you say, “The music was great today,” it means I have FAILED.

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