I know I thought about WHAT I wanted to be, but did I think about HOW I wanted to be? It’s a good question and maybe it’s a question we should keep asking ourselves. And, if you have kids, even grown ones, keep asking them too.
Me at 11: Well, I’ll be a psychologist, children’s psychologist–because, that seems good.
Me at 15: Well, I’ll be famous, an actress, but on Broadway–not Hollywood, and people will love me and pay me lots of money. And I’ll have my picture taken all the time. And eat out a lot. And I’ll have long shiny hair.
Me at 18: I’ll take classes aimed at psychology AND try out for the theater.
I’m sure I thought I’d still be a good person–but only in the broadest sense of the term.
How did I want to be?
I think it’s a question we should start asking ourselves every morning:
How do I want to be…today?
Someone people trust, someone who laughs a lot, someone who sees the good…
Be intentional about it and show up with it wherever you’re going.
Today I want to be attentive. In the moment, aware of everything around me–other’s needs as well as my own.
Showing up. Almost as good as a standing ovation.
So tell me, how do you want to be today?