What a mess.
It’s so cold in here.
It’s unfair that some of us are left out.
I have such a busy day today. It’s going to be hard to get everything done.
We’re never going to make that deadline at this rate.
It’s getting late. This has been going on far too long.
There’s something we’re not speaking about here.
How often we speak in this way – making a claim or judgement about the world – when what we really long for is somebody to do something.
In each of these examples the speaker holds back from the request they’re really wishing to make. Perhaps it feels safer this way. After all if you don’t actually ask then you don’t expose yourself quite as much. And you protect yourself from the discomfort of a potential ‘no’.
But speaking in this roundabout this way robs each of us of much of our power to have what’s important to us happen. And it casts others in the role of mind-readers. How much pain we cause ourselves and those around us in endless waiting and hoping that someone else will see we’re in need and know what action to take.
Making clear, explicit requests of others – and being open the response – is, for many of us, a huge step into a much bigger and much kinder world.
And the only way to really begin to enlist the support of others in what we really need and what we most care about.