Recently I was at my retirement party when one of my clients came over. She was holding her granddaughter who was playing quite shy in the company of all these strangers at the party. To break the ice, I leaned down and asked her how old she was. Getting no response, I said “you look to be about four.” Her immediate response was “no, I’m three.” Knowing that my daughter would soon be arriving and was bringing my three year old grandson with her, I mentioned that he would be here soon and he too was three. Her response was immediate, “how tall is he?” Apparently, if I was going to set her up with my grandson, height mattered to her. She was clearly not going to be seen with someone who couldn’t measure up.
I am sure this little girl was not being judgmental, but rather was just looking for a point of reference that was more appropriate to her take on life at three. The retelling of this story to my daughter triggered a thought that I needed to explore. This little girl was astute enough to remind me that age had nothing to do with my grandson’s playability, yes I just made up that term, but rather his size was the compatibility statistic for her.
This got me to thinking in broader terms. Am I tall enough? Tall enough for my clients, my wife, my family or even the stranger I will meet on the street? In other words, do I hold to my beliefs and ethics everyday and in every way. Do I walk tall and can those around me sense that. I can only hope so and then make it a priority to put forth the effort to make it happen as often as I can.
Since height mattered to her, and by the way, they got along famously later, are you always striving to be tall enough? If not, try putting a little lift in your attitude. People might just notice that you seem a little “taller”.