I sat under the drape as her words and hands kept a clipping beat. She spoke of her adult daughter’s unusual and recent hour-long phone call to her father. The young woman had been offered a new job in her field, and was excited that it held nothing but positives: increased pay, decreased commute, improved benefits, lessened workload, and being a part of a very respected company. Maternal pride was mirrored in her words: “It’s a no-brainer!”
“So, then,” I asked. “Why is your daughter still undecided? How was the visit with her father?”
“Well, you see, her husband is also looking for a new job, but hasn’t found one yet. He’s been looking for quite a while now, but it’s not going well for him.”
Wait. Let me get this straight. Because I recognize this one now.
We pause from saying Yes to opportunity, because those close to us might feel jealous? Snip.
We step back in order to match our strides, because this is what the partnership requires? Snip, snip.
We keep ourselves small, because someone important to us is threatened by our potential and greatness? Snip. Snip. Snip.
I know why she called her father.