I just wrapped up a three day visit with my parents here in Los Angeles — we had sooo many laughs and good times.
One of the things I appreciate most about my mom, in particular, is how painfully direct she is.
“I don’t want to go on rides.” “I want that clam chowder — now.” “This show is boring. Let’s go.”
There’s no upset or drama. Just the simple truth of how she feels about any particular subject, in real time.
She’s a living demonstration of the phrase “give it to me straight.” While you may not always like what she has to say, you always know exactly where she stands.
Saying what you mean, directly and plainly, isn’t a skill that comes naturally for many of us.
Especially when it comes to having delicate conversations that involve both business and friendship.