I've picked up a habit of reading over people's shoulders on BART. How can I help it? My fellow passengers read a fascinating assortment of newspapers, magazines, novels and explanatory pamphlets that I simply don't have in my collection at home. Headlines grab my attention and I tilt my head to see what they say; the next thing I know I'm halfway in the aisle craning my neck and gawking. This morning it was a book called Becoming a Contagious Christian, and it was several minutes before I realized I was sneering and forced myself to stop.
Last week I was standing on a crowded train watching the woman seated next to me reading over a stack of papers. She had a pen in her hand and was making notes and corrections. I watched her cross out "$9,000" and write in "very little" on a memo, star several items on an agenda, and then turn to a company to-do list.
"Focus," she wrote carefully, "on key targets."
Thanks to her, my goals are now perfectly clear.Posted by dianna at June 15, 2004 01:20 PM