May 23, 2007
Conversation, Part II
DT: All right. Where are you? Come out, show yourself.
K: Right here, as usual. Looking over your shoulder.
DT: Karma, I know you’re some sort of divine force, but must you look so smug all the time? It’s really annoying.
K: I’m quite sure I don’t know what you mean.
DT: Riiight. So anyway, about this situation I’ve got going on…
K: Something… vexes thee?
DT: Okay. First of all, the movie quotes are my thing, and it’s not nearly as cute when you do it. Second, I just don’t get it. What are you trying to tell me here?
K: Maybe this is what happens when you don’t stand up for yourself enough? Maybe, just maybe, when you let people get away with too much for too long, you forget how to insist on what’s important to you. And then, because you didn’t insist, you have no one but yourself to blame when it doesn’t happen. Remember that smart friend of yours? She’s the one who pointed out that you never get more than you ask for in a negotiation.
DT: Gotcha. So… maybe I should try on that fabulous, confident, doesn’t-take-crap thing for a while, and see how that works?
K: (dryly) It’s an idea.
DT: As annoying as you are when you’re right (and smug!), I *might* owe you a thank you for this one. Will a very recently opened jar of Nutella work?
K: Hand it over. I’ll be back, you know.
DT: You know? I wouldn’t have it any other way.