If and when I ever grow up, I want to be like my friend Jayne.
This is something I've been promising myself for a long time, and really do think I'm making progress, but still, she continues to surprise me by seeming to raise the bar when all she's really doing is being consistently Jayne, which when all is said and done, is all she ever needs to be.
What's brought this post on is that today I checked the mail.
Back in October Jayne had paid me a weekend visit. I took her around to all of the local places I haunt including Bookwise, one of my favorite places on earth and to most, that's a well-kept secret. And what do you suppose was in a birthday card I got from her today but a gift certificate I didn't even know was offered.
Looking at the gift, I remembered the time I'd stayed with Jayne for a while. She'd just moved into a new apartment and when it came time to create her alarm code, she thought to use my birthdate so that I'd be able to remember how to disarm it.
That's Jayne's secret. Anticipation, planning, thoughtfulness, and follow-through. She's full of the little bright ideas like these and they all roll up into the kind of person who's easy to be around, who leaves a trail of goodwill in the wake of her personal and professional successes . As, on December 20, I still struggle with coming up with a Big Idea for my husband's Christmas gift this year, Jayne doesn't wait for the single big idea to come to her. She's got a million brilliant little ones.
Note to myself: Stop waiting for the Big One.