I work part-time at a library. Almost every day this happens:
A child about 7 or 8 years old enters with a parent. "Mommy (or Daddy), do they have books about____________ (dinosaurs... Lego... unicorns...)?" "You'll have to ask," the parent says. The child slinks behind the parent's leg, unwilling to face the scary prospect of talking to an adult. "You ask."
Last week a similar scenario unfolded beside me. A young boy asked his father about a book and his father told him to ask me.
After some time the boy worked up his nerve. “Do you have The Mysterious Benedict Society?“
“Yes!” I said. “Right over here.” We walked together to pick up the book.
“See?” his father said. “Asking is better than wishing.”
The rest of the afternoon I pondered,:
- Have I been wishing for things without doing the asking?
- Could I receive those things if I voiced the request?
If you could work up the nerve right now, what would you ask for?