Reading About Yourself

I’m comfortable writing about myself. I’ll share my thoughts, feelings, what I’ve learned, what I’ve dwelled on, what I’ve triumphed over…

However, talking about myself is much different. I rarely do. It’s one reason many people I grew up with didn’t know my family was a merry band of professional performers leaving on weekends and school breaks to perform all over the United States and Canada – as musicians, jugglers, unicyclists, and, for me… gymnastics. It just was who I was. It was my normal, so what was there to talk about really? That was my thinking.

Writing was always different. It was where my heart and head came together to form the ideas I couldn’t even always articulate as well verbally…until I saw them on paper or computer screen.

I say all of this to share the inscription on the plaque Illinois State University is adding to the TV-10 Hall of Fame courtesy Laura Polus, Bob Carroll, Steve Hunt, and the Department of Communication.

To read about how people view your contributions when you’ve always thought in terms of merely making thoughtful choices that mean something in the bigger picture is powerful. I get very tired of myself sometimes. It’s why I take breaks from social media, this blog, and writing about my thinking and feeling experience, in general. It’s like too much of anything…we need breaks. I can be real interesting and all… but those interests that include the dreams and needs of others are also important to think about. I don’t need to constantly be on the topic of me.

So – with that buzz kill – haha – I share the inscription on the plaque above. I’m touched by these words and the big picture view of my impact and dedication to the broadcast industry and to the field of communication, overall. It was, is, and will continue to be my passion.

Here it is:

With a career path as varied as her interests, Maria Henneberry has touched many facets of the broadcast industry. She has been an on-air personality and news director as local radio stations, a reporter, producer, and anchor at local television stations, an award-winning writer and producer, and communication director for a major non-profit. She’s a teacher, a published author, and former National Chair of the Association for Women in Communications.

Each of us go through ups and downs aplenty through life. I savor this career capstone moment with the clarity that it’s a springboard to more impact that can help others as I move forward. Plus, it inspires me personally to be better and do more. I feel such gratitude.