My baby girl graduated from college exactly one week ago from the date I’m posting this.
Jill always played bigger than her age, so a lot of the occasions of her life didn’t hit me all that hard.
First prom? no big deal.
High school graduation? No big deal.
College graduation… That got me.
It’s not because she changed so drastically. The changes were gradual, little bit by little bit.
It wasn’t her sitting down with a glass of wine, or even for telling us how she was looking forward to getting back to her place and having a glass of wine or two to mellow out.
It was other things: how she talked with her grandparents how she conducts herself around strangers. How she makes the thousands of little decisions each day that decide who and what we are.
Yep, she snuck up on me. My little girl is all grown up.
So my question of the day …
Who is sneaking up on you?
And even better: who would you like to sneak up on?
The people in your life see you a certain way. Family friends, online acquaintances, your list, if you are a marketer. They all expect certain things.
If you’ve been flaky, that’s what they expect. If you’ve been a reliable source of help, that’s what they expect.
And from personal experience, there’s nothing better than confounding someone’s expectations of you.
Someone thinks you don’t have money, then you pick up the check at a very nice dinner.
Or someone expects you to be late with your bills again, only to find you’re three days early.
Or a really nice piece of jewelry or airplane tickets show up unexpectedly.
Or you show up at a quarterly meeting 40 pounds lighter than the last time in with a definite spring in your step.
For some of us, it really is that we want to sneak up on the other person. To give them an “I told you so!”
But for most of us it’s the sense of well-being, abundance, security and pride in ourselves that drives us.
And if you’re still trying to do it to show the other guy, you’re going to need to transition to a healthier place in order to truly get what you want…and keep it.
Who has snuck up on you? Who confounded your expectations in a really good way?
Have you snuck up on anyone?
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