It had been a while since I had asked it.
I was reluctant to ask it of my two sons and my wife all on the same day.
But, yesterday, I gathered the courage to do so.
There were opportunities for me to be with each of them individually: on the way back from our early morning workout for my older son, on a day I happened to drive him to school for my younger son, and during a post-work evening chat for my wife.
I sincerely wasn’t sure what each of their answers would be.
But I asked it anyway, “how can I become a better father?”
And, of my wife, “how can I become a better husband?”
As COVID vaccinations will soon allow it, I will ask of my mother, “how can I become a better son?”
It’s a tough question for me to ask. I must always be open to hearing a potentially uncomfortable answer. But, if the relationship matters, is there any more important a question to ask?
With our dear friends, might we ask, “how can I become a better friend?” or “how can I become a better colleague?” with our coworkers?