Drawing "You are not listening" available here
The other day Brenda and I were talking about how we need an exhaust fan installed in our bathroom upstairs. I do a lot of fix it up things around here but putting in a fan felt outside my skill set and too expensive to hire out right now. She suggested I ask a friend of ours who does remodeling if he would be interested in helping us out in exchange for art work.
Her idea made sense but I felt very uncomfortable with the prospect of asking and taking the chance of it getting awkward. For a while I resisted but eventually later in the day I gave into what I knew deep down was a good suggestion and was worth the risk of getting turned down. I contacted the friend and he was right away excited by the prospect of getting some cool artwork in trade for his services. I am so glad I have not been left to strictly my own devices and am beginning to learn how to really listen for a change. "So Brenda, what else are you thinking?"