In a recent phone conversation with my good friend Wendy, we wound up talking about our work. In discussing one of my current projects, I mentioned that I thought I might be in over my head.
She replied, "Yes, but you wouldn’t be Hanna if you didn’t do that."
Hey, she got my number here! When I’m really excited about something, I jump into the swimming pool with both feet – no treading water. It’s only later that I might consider whether or not I can actually touch the bottom or not. It always works out in the end, but there’s usually a brief period when I’m wondering if I’m going to sink or swim. So far, no drowning!
I’m not sure why her comment surprised me: we’ve known each other
for almost 25 years, and stay in touch through lengthy phone calls at
least monthly, visiting in person when finances and schedules allow,
even though we haven’t lived in the same city in over ten years.
This woman knows me, and it was easy for her to see something
in me that I easily forget: she saw my enthusiasm and ability to
quickly take on projects as essential part of who I am, and as an
Wendy is one of the touchstone people in my life: whenever we
connect, how we relate to each other reminds me what I’m really all
about, what’s most important to me, how I’m trying to make a
My friend Wendy has always been one of my biggest supporters, and
has believed in me even when I haven’t believed in myself. In fact,
she’s always contended that I’ll be her "famous" friend. While that’s
not even my goal in life, her confidence in me and my abilities lifts
me up, and I know I’m lucky to have her in my corner.
What do the people in your life know about you, for sure?
How do the people in your life help you make a difference?