By coincidence a month or so later, I was assigned to interview another celebrity who was also staying at the Plaza.
To avoid a similar fiasco, I had arranged to meet this one in his suite, but on my way through the lobby, I noticed my former nemesis standing guard. Somehow, I found myself lingering, as if rooted to the spot — and sure enough, the manager approached me with his same officious speech.
But this time I was amazed to hear myself saying some very different things. I also pointed out that since hotel staffs were well known to supply call girls in return for a percentage of their pay, perhaps he was just worried about losing a commission. He looked quite startled — and let me stay.
I called my subject and suggested we have tea downstairs after all. It turned out to be a newsworthy interview, and I remember writing it up with more ease than usual and delivering it with an odd sense of well-being. What was the lesson of these two incidents? Clearly, the assistant manager and I were unchanged.
I was even wearing the same trench coat and freelancing for the same publication. Only one thing was different: my self-esteem. It had been raised almost against my will — by contagion. Now, I had also been invited to join this protest — and refused. Certainly, I resented this, but protesting it in the Oak Room, a restaurant too expensive for most people, male or female, seemed a mistake.
Thank you for sharing!! I am such an advocate of self love and the importance of it. This week I got super busy and forgot to give myself some me time. Will definitely take the time out this week inshallah! Going around the chores…we just forget to please our self…things which make us happy…..
Writing and some me time by reading makes me happy often. You are so right, our exterior world is truly a reflection of the inner world. Too many times, i notice this with my business and relationships. So having a well nourished soul will flow out to well nourished world enveloping and welcoming you.
Thanks for sharing! Self- esteem is always so important for a woman, and the way you portrayed it is a must read indeed! I really love how you define self-love as filling your soul.
Jazakallah khair for another beautiful post. That differentiation is absolute key. And noticing that stop that vicious cycle of feeling regret and guilt afterwards. Your email address will not be published. Wasalaam, A book on coaching for self-love…. Masha Allah!!! Great Article!!!
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I know I am possibly kind of missing the point — but — I love that Jill is dancing flamenco in leopard skin print I think it is leopard as I am not good at animal prints — I prefer flowers. She looks fabulous and beautiful.
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