As a member of the first class in the Court’s illustrious history to be named, and subsequently, have an asterisk drawn next to the title we sacrificed so much to obtain, I offer a very earnest and valid question: what now?
I sincerely want to know how to behave in the immediate future, as I am currently sitting in a room full of Intro candidates.
I, like many of my fellow classmates, have benefited immediately from passing five weeks ago. What do I say to my employer who extended new benefits and responsibilities? How do I address myself at the multiple speaking arrangements and wine dinners at venues who are expecting a Master Sommelier? Do I return the gifts I received? How do I recoup the time and money that I used to celebrate with and personally thank others?
I feel embarrassed for all of the people who took time to congratulate me and those who opened once-in-a-lifetime bottles from their cellar. I feel sick for Hawaii, my home, and those who rejoiced with me, because they knew they were responsible for my success and a part of my journey. I feel so stupid and lost; as if the years of preparation and discipline, the stress of performing, and the jubilation of finally doing so, have been for nothing.
I am not asking for explanations or encouragement or vengeance. I am simply heart broken and in need of advice. What now?
Just be honest. There is no shame in not knowing.
I’ve no additional advice to offer, Christopher, other than a reminder that you, and the others in your position, have a mountain of support behind you. As is repeatedly stated - no one goes this journey alone. We’re all with you.
I'm not going to lie... I feel sick to my stomach. I've been disappointed before, but that was on me. I earned this, just like you and some of the people in our class, and everyone before us, we put in the time, blood, sweat, and tears to reach what has been a life long journey for so many. For it to be taken away by something we have no control over is heartbreaking to say the least.
My heart is broken for you and for the other candidates that are affected. I don’t have any answers, but to echo Jeana Mamers comments just remember that this mountain of people behind you are still there. YOU didn’t let them down, a “rogue MS” and perhaps some less than honest candidates did.
The most important part of this journey are the people with you, the community. They aren’t going away.
Your accomplishment is something to remain proud of. I can’t even imagine the feeling that you and the other candidates are currently experiencing but I hope you’re able to take some comfort in the fact that so many of us look up to you and respect all that you’ve done to get to this point.
Doug, you’re awesome. Feel however you want to feel and know you got support everywhere.
Thank you for telling me it’s ok to not know. The Board and Court are making themselves available 24/7 and are being as transparent as possible, but it’s hard to get all the answers for a situation like this.
Like I told you already my brothers you got this. I can’t even begin to imagine what you and the others must be going through. I totally believe in you since you did the damn thing fair and square, you will triumphs again. All good vibes your way brother and the rest of the class.
Go six for six and drop the mic. You've got this.
Doug you are a Master Sommelier. Full stop.
What now? Stay positive. Period. Here's the analogy; you're the vine, this is phylloxera....seemingly spoiled product on a long voyage....you're Madeira....water is 30 meters deep....you're gonna dig....empires rise and fall kids....you continue to grow. Stay positive
Take heart in knowing that in things that truly are worthwhile you stack up immeasurably higher than those who spoiled things for everyone else.
My family that passed did so because of hard work, passion, energy and persistence. You’ve mastered the elegance of emotions and much more. I am honoured to have you as my peers, mentors, and friends. Know you are worth every gift and praise...the rest will be healing and determination as you move into this next adventure. And yes, be honest with everyone because those who know you the way I do will still consider you a master in so many ways.
love you all and sending vibrations of flow ~~~
Chris- you are one of the most qualified people I have ever met to deserve the title of Master Sommelier. I've seen the work you've put in and admired your candor, approachability and attitude throughout the process. I'm sickened that you, Jessica and Greg all have to go through the rigors of facing down 6 wines and having the swagger to get it done again. There is nothing that anyone can tell you that you don't already know. Keep doing what you've always done. Keep being you. You deserve to be there. Everyone that knows you, knows that. Just remember that everyone that celebrated with you, loves you and believes in you. We all know that you deserve to be there. There is nobody that broke open a special bottle in your victory that would not do the same in an attempt to cheer you on after this monumental scandal in the court.
Keep your speaking engagements. Keep your promotion. Keep everything, knowing that you deserve it. Keep behaving like a Master Sommelier. Be honest when you talk to people. Tell them you passed and that for the first time in the history of the court, you have to pass again. Use the interpersonal skills you've honed to honestly convey what is happening. If anyone can be that guy, it's you.
Thank you so much for the kind words, Keith. I think the worst thing about this situation is that our character is somehow on trial. Nice to know we still have people who believe in us.
this is the part that is the shittiest. The only people who's character should be on trial are the Master who sent the email and the 1 or 2 people they know for sure got it. Everyone else should be able to keep their passes unless there is proof of cheating