Ask relatives to describe what you do
It sounds simple, but the answers can be surprising.
Not long ago, I asked Harriet and Nancy to describe what I do – and sent an email to other relatives asking them the same thing – begging them to answer spontaneously, and not to look anything up. Most haven't replied yet. But here's a preliminary report, describing what I do:
- You're a writer, a lecturer and a person of many parts.
- You inspire and motivate in a lively and bonkers way.
- You keep looking.
- You do lots of coaching and always pick me up from school and make delicious food. You are also a journalist and do a lot of art.
- You eagerly take on new challenges (even dangerous ones) and seek to broaden your horizons; with H you do a brilliant job of bringing up and encouraging N to do the same.
- You are a creative force in your community and globally.
- You are a wonderful, thought-provoking journalist and a life coach which I personally think all add tremendous value to people's lives.
What generous comments! I feel very grateful for these replies – and to have tried this exercise.
Why don't you give it a go?