Who are Your Balcony People?

January 5, 2011
Balcony People

Who are your Balcony People?

The holiday season inspires deep reflection. One, I read by my friend, Buckley Brinkman, on his blog, Change for the Better! was particularly appealing to me and has left me thinking who are my Balcony People?

On Thursday, my Dad (you know, one of the OWM) reintroduced me to Balcony People, a classic book by Joyce Landorf Heatherley. In it she talks about two types of people. First there are the “Basement People” – those folks who are constantly evaluating the people around them and helping them to see the “right” way of doing things. Usually, that manifests itself in “helpful” suggestions on how you can change in order to get on the right track.

Then there are the “Balcony People” who meet you where you are. These are the people in your lives who are constantly seeing the best in you, listening to you, and supporting you in everything you do. Heatherley visualizes them as raving fans in the balcony, chanting and cheering wildly for you, just waiting and knowing great things are about to happen. It’s a terrific picture – especially during difficult times. Read more –

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