Sometimes when you think life has kicked you in the teeth, it can then turn round and give you a shot in the arm that is much needed.
Today is a case in point. Earlier, the bad news that has been a main focal point for the family in the last few weeks was replaced by positivity, light at the end of the tunnel and a brighter outlook. The joy from me was unrestrained.
And so onto this evening at umpires training. I was the main presenter tonight and nothing, but nothing, was going to derail how good I felt. The lesson went almost faultlessly, and of course there is always room for improvement for a grizzled old veteran like me. There was an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction when I drew proceedings to a close at 9.15; it seemed that people were responding to what I was saying. And I got some nice praise afterwards as well, which is always good. After all, I should know what I’m talking about! But every time I face front and do a presentation, I’m always looking for things to improve upon. But there were no nerves. I felt calm, like being on a sun kissed beach with nobody around. I felt that calmness. I was in control.
And that’s the best I’ve felt doing a presentation in a very long time. More positivity, more progress.