Why, oh why -- do I put my ideas in writing? Well, I know why. Because, among other things, going 'on record' pushes me to 'walk my talk'. It is ironic, though, that not less than twenty-four hours after writing 'Asking for what we want', I read Matt Langdon's post in which he outlined his Hero Workshop accomplishments for 2007, and goals for 2008. My immediate thought was "Good for you Matt". You set concrete, achievable, goals for yourself, goals that will make the world a better place. You've achieved them, and now you are setting more goals. I then toyed with following Matt's lead and writing up my goals for 'dare to dream', but my self cringed. Merely thinking of doing what Matt had done made me feel uncomfortable, awkward, embarrassed -- did I say uncomfortable?
About a week before Christmas, my daughter Miranda asked me if the two of us could go see The Nutcracker. She seems to want more mom-daughter time of late. Perhaps because she's getting older, perhaps because she feels 'work time' is displacing her 'mom time'. (My friend Stacey would like me to share with you the challenges of my recent on-ramping. There are many; one day I'll go into more detail.) For now, it's enough to know that one of the challenges is -- my children kind of liked having mom around more, and now that I'm around less, they miss me. So I wasn't all that surprised that Miranda suggested a girls' night out. But -- you know what -- it did surprise me that she was able to articulate so easily what she wanted. Because I just don't know that many women (including myself) who are all that good at asking for what we want. Think about it.