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What do people thank you for?

Today's writing prompt from the Live Your Legend email writing course was to write about "what do people thank you for?" or "What do you love helping people with?"

"What would you be happy to help others with, even if you didn't get paid?"

"What do people constantly come to you for (travel tips, recipes, etc.)?"

This is an idea I REALLY struggle with. Similar to those questions like "How would your friends describe you?"

I’ve no bloody idea, they don't generally tell me about me. And if they're telling someone else about me, I'm probably not around to hear it.

I've heard other friends talk about struggling with this too. I think some of this is due to the general culture of western societies. I think this is starting to change as generations change, fortunately.

So I thought about it for a while today. There's a couple of things I can think of from recent interactions with friends.

  1. I have a friend who asks me about stuff related to Adobe InDesign and Illustrator sometimes.

  2. Sometimes people ask me for design help and critique.

  3. I have a friend who is comfortable sounding off to me when they are frustrated or angry or depressed.

  4. My parents ask me for help moving heavy stuff. (Spoiler: I'm not strong, just dumb enough to think I can help move stuff I probably shouldn't.)

That's all I could come up with. So here's the idea I came up with for this: make notes about the things you're friends and family members are good at, the things you go to them for advice with. Because someday they'll probably ask you (for a personality test, or an application of some sort), and if you have it in a note you will be able to answer quickly.

And also, if they're having a crappy day then you have a list of things ready that you can remind them about or compliment them on.