I learned a great lesson about making assumptions while teaching in the Philippines last week.
On the final evening of a week-long leadership class, we all went to a wonderful restaurant where the decor was a fusion of art and furnishings from many Asian countries. It was a beautiful mash-up.
Apparently, if you ask for a doggie bag in the Philippines, you get all the leftovers piled on each other in a bag ready to feed your dog. If you want the food for yourself, you clearly indicate what you want to be boxed up separately in a take-away box, not a doggie bag.
I was reminded of two things from this experience:
1. I speak in slang more than I realize.
2. If I am not specific in asking for what I want, then I will get back something that doesn’t quite meet my expectations.
It is irritating that people can’t read my mind, especially those that have known me for a while and should know what I want, right?!? Sigh.
Although most dogs will enjoy any pile of gruel you feed them, I would like to be more specific with what I want for my life. On the flight back home, I started composing my five-year and fifteen-year vision so I can be clear about what I am asking for.
What about you? Has your life been a doggie bag mash-up or hand-picked treat?