My amazing, talented, astute son, Miles, has this lively, bouncing, loveable dog named Parker who LOVES to play in the dirt and then jump all over his master. Consequently, while Miles may not be able to smell the dog smell that has been playfully transferred from dog to human, that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. But apparently he knew he should be mindful of the possibility, because one day he commented to me, “Mom, if you ever smell me, tell me.”
I could not help but laugh! And then I thought, “What a great metaphor!” We all engage occasionally in behaviors that don’t serve us very well. Behaviors that we aren’t even aware we’re doing. And knowing that I am as guilty as anyone, I have asked a few people that I trust to “coach me.” That is, whenever I do anything that is in opposition to my values or beliefs, to pull me aside and let me know what I’ve said or done – and the impact that it had. Now I simply say to them, “Hey, if you smell me, tell me.” They know exactly what I mean.
Why not ask a trusted friend to tell YOU if they smell YOU?
From your motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, playing with the doggy